Tigers star Chase named Super League player of the round

Rangi Chase in action against Salford City Reds. Picture: IAN HARBER
Rangi Chase in action against Salford City Reds. Picture: IAN HARBER
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CASTLEFORD Tigers stand-off Rangi Chase has been named Frontline Index Player of the Round following his outstanding performance in last weekend’s Engage Super League Round nine victory against Salford City Reds.

This is the second time that the New Zealander has claimed the title this season and the impressive 1,049 points total in round nine takes him to the best statistical performance so far this year, putting him in contention to claim the £1,000 cheque at the 2011 Engage Super League Man of Steel dinner.

His remarkable points total, the first player to top 1,000 index points, saw Chase accumulate 159 metres, 38 carries, four offloads, nine tackle busts, four try assists and no errors.

Two Tigers team-mates, Richard Mathers and Kirk Dixon, joined Chase in the Frontline Index Team of the Round, which is compiled from a mathematical model based on Opta’s analysis of all matches.

Points are calculated from every action made by players with every involvement given a points value depending on the importance and frequency of the action. For example a try would be the highest scoring value, with actions such as tackles and carries scoring smaller values. Mistakes such as handling errors or penalties conceded would incur negative values.

At the end of a match, all the players’ actions will be added together to give a game score. The 13 individuals with the highest scores in each position on the field of play will earn inclusion in the Frontline Index Team of the Week with the highest scoring individual earning the Frontline Index Player of the Week title.

Team of the Round:

1 Mathers (Castleford Tigers) 754

2 Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 806

3 Chris Dean (St Helens) 683

4 Kirk Dixon (Castleford Tigers) 600

5 Adrian Gardner (St Helens) 583

6 Rangi Chase (Castleford Tigers) 1,049

7 Blake Green (Hull KR) 788

8 James Graham (St Helens) 646

9 James Roby (St Helens) 909

10 Paul Johnson (Wakefield Wildcats) 611

11 Steve Menzies (Catalan Dragons) 598

12 Danny Tickle (Hull FC) 592

13 Rob Purdham (Harlequins RL) 622