For those that don’t understand why I might not rate Cripps as high as the rest of you this article might explain why.
As I have highlighted below, two-thirds of all scores are actually created from turnovers.
It doesn’t take a genius to work out that a player that does most of his best work at the coal face is not going to have a huge influence on the game if most of the scoring comes from turnovers.
Anyway that’s just my opinion.
Using turnovers as a weapon
An AFL side can win possession of the ball from one of three basic sources: clearances, kick-ins after behinds, or turnovers.
Although many pundits often focus on the former, it is the latter from which scoring is most often generated. In fact, about two-thirds of all points usually come from turnovers.
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Richmond’s game plan exploits this key fact of modern football.
The number of turnovers per AFL game has increased by 13 per cent over the past four seasons, from 126 per match in 2015 to an average of 143 this season.
Games involving the Tigers feature even more: 155 per game this season, up from 125 four years ago. Crucially, no side is better at forcing its rivals into mistakes whilst minimising its own.
On average, the Tigers give up the ball nine times fewer per match than their opponents.
“Our game is a turnover game,” said Hardwick at Wednesday’s pre-match media conference.
“We acknowledge that, and most sides know that, so the way we set up [against Hawthorn tonight] will certainly be turnover-based.”