This is an eighteenth post about performance against ranking in three football codes in Australia.
The codes are Australian Rules, Rugby League and Rugby Union
You can find some background information about this project here.
In Round 18, Fremantle, Port Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs played above their 2012 rankings.
This Round saw the second lowest losing average points (62) in this season’s competition. Only Round 10 was lower (60 points).
Over the 18 Rounds of the competition this year, the gap betwwn winners and losers, on average, has been:
There were three teams that performed above their 2012 rankings in Round 20: the Warriors, Roosters and Broncos. The Warriors have defeated 7 higher ranked teams in their last eight games. The Roosters have won five consecutive games against higher ranked opponents from 2012.
The semi-finals of the competition were played last weekend. The lowest ranked team from 2012 provided the upset of the round. The Brumbies defeated the Bulls in Pretoria. In the other semi-final, the Chiefs defeated the Crusaders by one point.