Stat Attack: Clubs ruling regional trips

Stat Attack: Clubs ruling regional trips

Travelling to a regional venue can have advantages and disadvantages for any NRL team in the Telstra Premiership.

Fans usually question why a club would "give up" their home ground advantage to take a game elsewhere – sometimes even in the opposition's backyard.

Not only can it be beneficial for a club financially, it provides the perfect opportunity for players and officials to build their fan base in areas where rugby league may not have a significant footprint. 

With NRL CEO Todd Greenberg signalling his intent to grow the game in grassroots areas now that the City-Country fixture has ceased, teams have needed to adjust and not treat these showcase games like a mid-season holiday.

St George Illawarra pointed out the need to train on the same turf in Toowoomba as part of their preparations leading into to their big 54-8 win over the Titans in round three.

In other instances, such as this weekend, both the Wests Tigers and Newcastle Knights will hold their final training sessions in Sydney and Newcastle respectively before making their way to Tamworth on Friday afternoon.

With the first official NRL fixture to be played at Scully Park on Saturday night, NRL.com Stats took a look at how all sixteen teams rate when it comes to moving games to different cities and regions.

Every team in the competition has gone to a unique venue in the last 10 years.

The Warriors and Rabbitohs have played at more regional venues than any other side over the past decade but hold mixed records collectively.

For the Warriors in particular, only in recent seasons have Stephen Kearney's men been able to turn around an otherwise miserable record of 6 wins and 14 losses.

Canterbury have enjoyed regular success over the Warriors when taking their home games to different venues in New Zealand like Wellington, Hamilton and Dunedin.

On the flipside, the Sydney Roosters are among the worst to struggle in different regions, particularly on the Central Coast, where they've only had one victory since 2005.

In return, the Sea Eagles enjoy their home-away-from-home venues with a 14 wins to eight losses advantage – achieved largely by taking home games in Gosford during their dominant 2008-2013 period.  

Teams like Parramatta (Darwin), South Sydney (Cairns) and the Panthers (Bathurst) are other sides that have regular fixtures in their adopted towns and cities, and boast solid records to justify the move.

It's only a matter of time before more clubs do the same.

Please note venues like Eden Park and the Melbourne Cricket Ground have not been included as part of the analysis given they remain close to local venues Mt Smart Stadium and AAMI Park. Stadiums on the Central Coast and in Perth, Darwin and Adelaide have all been included dating back to the 2008 season.