THE Frontline Index will take on a new look for 2011, with the previous Frontline Fair Play Index that measured club discipline being replaced by a system that measures individual performances on the field.
The new Frontline Index records each player’s direct involvement in an Engage Super League match focusing on areas such as tackles, carries, kicks and errors.
Every involvement will then be 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 ‘Team of the Week’ with the highest scoring individual earning the ‘Player of the Week’ title.
The player with the single most outstanding performance during the regular season will win the Frontline Index and be presented with a £1,000 cheque at the 2011 Engage Super League Man Of Steel dinner.
St Helens hooker James Roby has claimed the inaugural ‘Player of the Week’ title after a stand-out performance during St Helens’ 16-16 draw with Wigan Warriors.
Roby’s index score of 968 points saw him edge out Castleford’s Rangi Chase for the top spot and he was one of three St Helens players to earn inclusion in the team of the week.
Crusaders’ convincing win over Salford City Reds earned two of their players, Michael Witt and Clinton Schifcofske, inclusion in the team while some of England’s best emerging talents in Ben Jones-Bishop (Leeds), Josh Charnley (Wigan) and Elliot Whitehead (Bradford) were also the highest ranked players in their positions.
James Roby’s Opta Stats v Wigan
1 Missed Tackle
1 Clean Break
3 Tackles Broken
1 Try Pass
Frontline Team of the Week from Millennium Magic:
1. Clinton Schifcofske (Crusaders) 783
2. Ben Jones-Bishop (Leeds Rhinos) 654
3. Liam Welham (Hull KR) 601
4. George Carmont (Wigan Warriors) 631
5. Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors) 541
6. Rangi Chase (Castleford Tigers) 941
7. Michael Witt (Crusaders) 848
8. James Graham (St Helens) 673
9. James Roby (St Helens) 968
10. Lopini Paea (Catalan Dragons) 547
11. Ryan Hoffman (Wigan Warriors) 730
12. Elliott Whitehead (Bradford Bulls) 811
13. Jon Wilkin (St Helens) 724