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Guess which side has had the fewest sanctions in terms of citings and cards? Which has the most? Which is the most penalties conceded by a team in a Super match this season? Which team was that? It happened this week.
Yesterday I was in London at the offices of Capgemini one of the worlds leading business consultancy groups hosts to the International Rugby Boards Tier One Economic Summit. My role at the meeting was to represent the growth of rugby in new markets, my focus being the USA.
The Lions and the Cheetahs sprung the biggest surprises of the weekend and the Chiefs produced the biggest comeback. We have fairly detailed statistics of getting and using possession and scoring and being scored against.
The Aplon decision when the Stormers played the Chiefs had a big impact on the outcome of this Super Rugby match in Hamilton on Saturday.
At the request of a reader we have added tries conceded this week. There are other interesting bits of statistic, e.g. the team that has scored the fewest tries has kicked the most penalties
The rugby teams in the national semifinals all have something in common and Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups looks at three of the coaches and their pedigree.
The Stormers play the Crusaders at Newlands. Gio Aplon puts a foot into touch and Kieran Read takes a quick throw-in which Dewaldt Duvenage intercepts and races away for a try. The referee awards the try. He then sees the assistant referee with his flag in the air and goes off to consult him. The assistant says (twice) to the referee: "Foot in the field of play. Advantage applies." The referee cancels the try and awards a line-out to the Crusaders.
Some big scores, some yellow cards, who got ball from scrums, line-outs and penalties, who scored tries and penalty goals, which match had the ball in play most, which team is the most penalised, which team has scored the most tries. Things like that are in these statistics
With an impressive resume as player, coach and administrator, Nigel David Melville took over the helm of U.S.A. Rugby in 2006. His goal was to help rugby achieve the ‘American Dream’ by establishing a professional league, and guiding the Eagles to new heights, a quarter-finals run at the 2011 World Cup.
In this column offering, Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups will discuss the possible introduction of a “medical bin” and the positive effects it would have on the game.
The Reds have the dubious distinction of being the first side to reach a century - of penalties conceded and yet they are such a form side. Jan Terblanche's ball in play stats may well be of interest as well as the mode of scoring for the Force and the Stormers - few tries and many penalty goals. And there are lots of other things, including a continued improvement in scrumming
The Hurricanes played the Bulls in a Super 15 match in Napier earlier this month. Playing for the Hurricanes was experienced prop Neemia Tialata, capped 43 times for the All Blacks.
There are some interesting stats this week - a match with no resets, a team penalised just once, a match with most tries so far this season, the week with the most tries. The stats also show that scrum resets have nearly faded away, which is a massive mercy
Over the course of many years leading up to the 1991 Rugby World Cup, rugby teams tended to emphasize the development of attacking tactics. Playing defense was just something you did when you didn’t have possession of the ball and Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups shows the importance of defensive systems.
If you get the feeling that this was not a great round, have a look at the tries and penalty goals scored compared with previous weeks. Apart from records of getting possession in matches, you can also see who has scored most tries and most penalties and be surprised at who has conceded most penalties.
Gilbert has released a new line of rugby cleats. The Gilbert Virtuo 8S is part of the exciting new product. Check it out.
The entire All Blacks apparel line has been updated for 2013/14. Check out the New Zealand All Blacks polo.
The Nike Tiempo is a solid rugby cleat and one of few styles still made from full-grain natural leather.
The Gilbert Blitz 8S rugby cleat is a great cleat at a great price of $69.99. Get a new pair of cleats today.
A cool looking all black rugby cleat with the high performance adidas is known for. Get in the Gear!
Wear the crest of the British and Irish Lions on your t-shirt. A great look for the summer.
The All Blacks Performance t-shirt is black with hints of blue from the training jersey. Very Cool.
The New Zealand All Blacks training jersey for 2013/14. Get in the Gear!
The USA Rugby Pro Alternate rugby jersey is perfect for any fan of the Eagles. Get yours to wear during the summer Test matches.
The NEW All Blacks 2013/14 jersey has arrived at World Rugby Shop. Dare to wear the colors of the All Blacks.