With the wet start to the 2019 season, there’s discussion about the tactics and competence of teams playing the wet. The Bulldogs seem to have the best reputation for playing in the wet, although I’m not sure where this originated from. After some prompting on social media, I decided to do a bit of investigation.
Over the off-season, I spent some time collecting individual match stats from the NRL website, from season 2013 through to the end of 2018. In that dataset, the NRL identified 176 games where the weather was recorded as “rain”, “showers”, “light rain” or “rain and thunder”.