Comprehensive Look at Pool Play Scrums

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – Here is a round up of the scrum data for the pool play of Rugby World Cup 2015.  86% of scrums ended with a positive outcome for the attacking side.  Ignoring resets, 65% of scrums were completed.  35% ended in a penalty or a free kick.

The full table with all of the data is here. Here is what it looks like when you play around and sort by different criteria.

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Georgia had 33 attacking scrums. From those, they won 16 penalties.  That’s absurd!  Contrast that with Namibia’s 0 penalties won from 35 attacking scrums.

Japan, New Zealand, and USA won all of their attacking scrums.

Uruguay conceded the most penalties on their attacking scrums with 8.

Fiji and Wales had the most effective defensive scrums.  Both sides limited their opponents to 68% positive outcome rate.

Here are all the scrums from the last quarter (minutes 60-80+) of all the matches in pool play.   But click on this link to get the full, interactive map.Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 12.16.48 PM

All data is from RWC 2015 and collected by me and Somye Goyal.
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Jake Frechette lives outside of Philly, where he is engrossed enough in rugby that he sometimes forgets that when he talks about the Eagles, most people assume he means the NFL flock. He once played both tight head and inside center in the same game, which shows that he is strong, handsome and has nice hair. One of the things he finds most enjoyable in the rugby world is that Andrew Hore is a Hooker and he can't wait until his sons are old enough to giggle at that one with him.