I have been monitoring three rugby union competitions in the 2014-2015 northern hemisphere season.
I track performance against previous year’s ranking. In the tables below green indicates a win predicted by ranking and blue a defeat predicted by ranking. Gold is an unexpected win against ranking and red an unexpected defeat against ranking.
Greene King Championship
Top 14 Orange
Round 13 of the Top 14 Orange competition in France provided the only exception to the ranking rule this weekend. Bayonne defeated Bordeaux Begles by 3 points. Bayonne’s win reflects the Top 14 trend of lower ranked teams winning at home. Grenoble did play a higher ranked team at home and lost … despite scoring 30 points against Stade Francais. You could say they were the exception to the exception.
Making a Difference
Fifteen out of last weekends sixteen fixtures followed 2013-2014 rankings. What interests me is that all teams have had an opportunity to reset their focus and training modalities after a break for European competition.
Have the teams regressed to type during this period?
There were no tries in the Bayonne v Bordeaux-Begles game. The game was won in the 78th minute with a drop goal.
Millenium Stadium (Marc, CC BY NC-ND 2.0)
Joe Launchbury (Peter Dean, CC BY NC-ND 2.0)
DSC_1038 (Simon Robinson, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Match rugby Top 14: Racing Metro v Perpignan (Christophe Cussant-Blanc, CC BY NC-ND 2.0)
USAP – Stade Toulousain 2012 (M Kibo, CC BY 2.0)