#RWC2019: thinking of games as single numbers

World Rugby provide data about each game at #RWC2019 (link). These data include a record of kicks, passes, scrums and lineouts.

For some time, I have been interested in whether we can describe a game in a single number. This number expresses the relationships between kicks, passes, scrums and lineouts. To date, 28 games have been played. In these games, my numbers vary from 0.52 to 5.34. The median ratio is 2.16.

The 28 games as a single number (a ratio of kicks/passes divided by lineouts/scrums):

I have used ggplot to visualise these data points with geom_point and identified the range of ratios:

I used the glm () function to look at the relationship between the ratios: (“glm is used to fit generalized linear models, specified by giving a symbolic description of the linear predictor and a description of the error distribution” (link)).

The median ratio for the 28 games played is 2.16. I used the geom_hline function to draw this median (link).

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France v Tonga (World Rugby)

#RWC2019 after 22 games

World Rugby provides data on each game palyed at RWC2019 (link). I am using these data to keep a record of the tournament ona Google Sheet (link).

I have used the data to help me explore R and to look carefully at colour blind palettes (link).

My record of the twenty-games played so far include these ggplots:

I used the geom_smooth () option to look at penalties and free kicks conceded. This example uses the glm method. I used it as an example of a generalised linear model with a small number of data points (link).

I had a look at the number of lineouts and scrums in a game. I used the size function in this visualisation

I looked at kicks and passes too in order to think about the flow of a game. So far the total passes in a game have ranged from 205 to 367.

My median data for the twenty-games are:

  • 16 penalties and free kicks conceded.
  • 60 kicks.
  • 260 passes.
  • 14 scrums
  • 25 lineouts

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Before the Game (Ian Freeman, Twitter)

#RWC2019: What kind of game? (18 games)

I have been wondering how we might use a single number to describe #RWC2019 games.

The single number I am using calculates the relationship between kicks, passes, lineouts and scrums. So far, my index is:

It is interesting to note that the two highest ratios are for two counter intuitive results. My median ratio for the games is 2.32.

My ggplot of the eighteen games played is:

Photo Credit

Sisi spoiled for choice (RWC2019)