RBS Six Nations Rugby Union 2017: Try Scoring

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:

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#coachlearninginsport: self-organising networks

Last month, I was invited to join a group of coaches in an online forum.

I was delighted to be asked but I have spent much of the time as a peripheral participant … enjoying the open sharing but not contributing.

I thought listening might be a good way to start in a group of online acquaintances.

Yesterday, I responded to this message from one of the group:

Hi everyone. I’m early in the process of setting up new CPD events. I’ve been slightly dissatisfied with recent experiences and groups like this show the value of sharing and exploring new ideas.

They won’t be linked to NGB/club/County – more of a ‘by coaches, for coaches’ approach focusing on interaction, conceptualisation of ideas and discussion, building a network etc.

From your recent CPD experiences, what have been the best elements? If there was one thing you want, or would want, from a CPD experience then what would it be?

Any ideas and feedback welcome.

It seemed a great opportunity for me to discuss my thoughts about #coachlearninginsport.

It coincided too with my participation in an open online course, Connectivism and Learning. Stephen Downes is the facilitator of this course and he has this to say about connectivism:

At its heart, connectivism is the thesis that knowledge is distributed across a network of connections, and therefore that learning consists of the ability to construct and traverse those networks. (My emphasis)

Elsewhere, Stephen (2012) has discussed course design. He notes that in  a connectivist course “the content does not define the course”.

By navigating the content environment, and selecting content that is relevant to your own personal preferences and context, you are creating an individual view or perspective. So you are first creating connections between contents with each other and with your own background and experience. And working with content in a connectivist course does not involve learning or remembering the content. Rather, it is to engage in a process of creation and sharing. Each person in the course, speaking from his or her unique perspective, participates in a conversation that brings these perspectives together. (My emphasis)

I am hopeful that our online group might discuss these issues … if they are of interest.

For the time being, I look forward to engaging in a conversation on the platform that explores whether we might move from CPD to CPL and to celebrate the sense each of us makes of our self-organising networks.

Connected by shared interests.

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At Coogee (Keith Lyons, CC BY 4.0)

Weekend Performances

I have been following a number of competitions this weekend.

Each of them has got me thinking about the phenomenology of moments as well as the flow of games and seasons.

In the deciding Rose Bowl game between Australia and New Zealand women’s cricket, I noticed this over:

Alyssa Healey had come to the wicket in the 45th over. She batted down the order in this game. I thought her innings was a great example of tempo and temperament. It was an over that transformed the game.

Super Netball is developing into a fascinating competition. My data so far are:

The WNBL semi final games were completed at the weekend. I have been interested in seeing any differences between winners in regular season and winners in the finals.

It was the first weekend of the NRL season.

Round 2 of Super Rugby was completed:

In Europe, the Aviva Premiership rugby union completed round 17 and Top 14 round 19. I use a colour code to note outcome of games: green is an expected win based on previous year’s ranking; blue an expected defeat; gold an unexpected win; and red an unexpected loss.

The Aviva games followed last year’s ranking:

Top 14 … was typically Top 14!

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Swoop (Twitter)

Michael Klein (Twitter)

ABC Grandstand (Twitter)

Western Force (Twitter)