The 2017 RBS Six Nations Rugby Union Championship concluded last weekend with the three Round Five games.
I have been looking at the impact of scoring the first converted try in the fifteen games played in 2017.
Eight of the fifteen games played were won by teams who scored the first converted try and were leading at half time. Five of these games followed the ranking positions of teams from the 2016 RBS Championship. The three exceptions were: Scotland v Ireland (Round 1); France v Wales (Round 5); and Ireland v England (Round 5). All three games were won by the home team.
In Round 4, Wales scored the first try against Ireland, were leading at half time and won the game.
Three teams scored the first converted try, led at half time and lost. These games were: Italy v Wales (Round 1); Wales v Scotland (Round 3); and Italy v England (Round 3).
France did not score the first try against Scotland in Round 2 but led at half time and won.
Wales did not score the first try against England in Round 2 but led at half time and lost.
There were no tries scored in the first half of the England v France game in Round 1.
There was one game of the fifteen played in which the team that scored more tries lost: Scotland v France in Round 2.
Some other try scoring data from the Six Nations:
- Comparing Wales v England 1983 and 2015
- England in 1987
- England v Wales 1987 – 1992