Collingwood should abandon the Darcy Moore forward experiment before it costs them even more, according to these shocking stats. WATCH PURE FOOTY
Moving Darcy Moore from defence to attack is one of the biggest fails of the season, new numbers show.
Champion Data analyst Daniel Hoyne and North Melbourne champion David King lift the lid on the trends and stats that reveal what’s really happening in the AFL every week in Pure Footy, exclusive to heraldsun.com.au.
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Hoyne said on this week’s episode that the Moore move has cost the Magpies their biggest strength, for little reward.
This time last season the Pies were conceding 53 points a game (adjusted to full-length matches). Over the past three weeks they have allowed opponents to kick an average of 97 points a game.
“For the first four weeks of the year Darcy Moore was the No.1 interceptor in the competition,” Hoyne said.
“If you have a look at the last three weeks Collingwood are only scoring 30 per cent of the time they’ve gone to Moore inside 50 — that’s the second-lowest-percentage in the AFL.”
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King said Nathan Buckley and his assistant coaches could be victims of a “brain fog” where they couldn’t see an obvious solution to Collingwood’s problems.
“To have a power piece on the chess board not utilised, I find ridiculous,” he said.
“Just put the guy where he’s strong and allow the guys around him to play lesser roles. They can’t defend at the moment.
“They only team they really should get hold of is the Kangaroos, and they’ve got them this week. If they don’t and they are easy to play against, like they have been recently, then look out, that’s when we will start to question the coaching significantly.”
On this week’s show King and Hoyne also look at the expected scores ladder — which has Carlton inside the top eight — which clubs have been hit hardest by injuries this season, the players who will surprise you with their scoreboard impact (for better or worse), and more.