Tag: RWC2015

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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Analysis: World Cup Tries

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – New Zealand left little doubt they were the best side at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.  Looking at the tries from the tournament reinforces their dominance.  New Zealand scored the most tries overall, unsurprisingly.  They finished with 39.  Australia had 28, Argentina 27, and South Africa 26. 271 tries were scored in […]

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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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