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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Try Scoring in the 2014 Six Nations Rugby Tournament after Five Rounds

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Sixty-one tries were scored in the five rounds of the 2014 Six Nations Rugby Tournament. There were twelve tries in Round 1, eight in Round 2, eight in Round 3, thirteen in Round 4, and twenty in Round 5.

The team that scored the first try in twelve the fifteen games played won the game. The exceptions were: Italy who scored the first converted try against Scotland and Ireland who scored the first converted try against England in Round 3; Scotland scored the first converted try against France in Round 4 (and outscored France two tries to one).

Scotland scored their first tries of the Tournament in Round 3 and did not score a try in Round 5. Wales did not score a try in Rounds 2 and 4. France did not score a try in Round 3.

Forty-seven of the sixty-one tries scored were converted.

This is a timeline of try scoring in the Tournament using Match Centre data provided by Accenture on the official RBS Six Nations’ website.

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Ad un passo dalla gloria… (Angelo Failla, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Try Scoring in the 2014 Six Nations Rugby Tournament after Four Rounds

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Forty-one tries have been scored in four rounds of the 2014 Six Nations Rugby Tournament. There were twelve tries in Round 1, eight in Round 2, eight in Round 3 and thirteen in Round 4.

The team that has scored the first try in nine of the twelve games played has won the game. The exceptions are: Italy who scored the first converted try against Scotland and Ireland who scored the first converted try against England in Round 3; Scotland scored the first converted try against France in Round 4 (and outscored France two tries to one).

Scotland scored their first tries of the Tournament in Round 3. Wales did not score a try in Rounds 2 and 4. France did not score a try in Round 3.

Thirty-one of the forty-one tries scored have been converted.

This is a timeline of try scoring in the Tournament using Match Centre data provided by Accenture on the official RBS Six Nations’ website.

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Six Nations 2013: Italy v Wales (Simone Ramella, CC BY 2.0)