Tag: Rugby World Cup 2015

Penalty Outcomes: Looking at Value from RWC 2015

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – The question of what a side should do with a penalty won in the attacking half continues to haunt me.  For now, the most complete data set I have access to is from the World Cup.  I’ve spent this week looking at all of the penalties from the World Cup and focused on […]

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Response to The Economist: What Was Missed

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – Oooh, let’s talk some numbers!  My reaction to “Why rugby teams should go for penalties not tries” from the Economist  by J.T. is delayed only because I didn’t see it until yesterday.  It is worth looking at thoughtfully. Here is the central conclusion: “Thus, whether you are mighty New Zealand or plucky Namibia, against […]

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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 […]

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Best Lineout in Pool Play? Best Thrower?

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – Here is the meat of this post about Rugby World Cup 2015 lineouts: Ireland and South Africa had the best lineouts in pool play. All of the data, including a few things not shown in the post, is here. Here is the table with the most successful attacking teams at the top. Fiji did […]

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Pool Play Reflections

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – Referees who stop a player from taking a penalty quickly are like my dog refusing to pass a bush without peeing on it.  “Everyone needs to know I am here!” One of the things that I have learned during the 40 pool matches of the 2015 Rugby World Cup is that the referee’s […]

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Close Enough is Not Enough

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – The rate of tries at the Rugby World Cup 2015 scored from possessions starting with lineouts is cooling while the rate for try-from-turnover is warming.  Through the first 28 matches (everything before Tuesday, October 6), 52% of tries started with a lineout; 16% started with a turnover. For a map of all 156 […]

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