Wednesday, 30 August 2017

World Cup Win /Loss Record : 1954 -2013

By allocating points to WC games, how successful nations have been is quantified. Three for each win, two per draw and one only with a loss is how I did it. So how to workout the chart?

The left side is the number of w, d & l. For example GB / England has won 41 games, drawn six and lost 22 for a total of 157 points.

The right side shows games played, then the percentage for w, d & l. So again GB /  England has played 69 WC matches, it has won 59%, drawn 9% and lost 32%. Finally the asterisk on the extreme right indicates 2017 WC attendance. Did the list throw up any surprises for you?


Rk Nation W D L Pt
G W D L

1 Australia 59 2 11 192
72 82 3 15 *

2 GB / England 41 6 22 157
69 59 9 32 *

3 New Zealand 31 3 31 130
65 48 5 48 *

4 France 15 3 39 89
57 26 5 68 *

5 Papua New G 4 1 22 36
27 15 4 81 *

6 Wales 8 0 11 35
19 42 0 58 *

7 Fiji 6 0 9 27
15 40 0 60 *

7 Samoa 7 0 6 27
13 54 0 46 *

9 Tonga 5 1 5 22
11 45 9 45 *

10 Ireland 4 0 6 18
10 40 0 60 *

11 Scotland 3 1 6 16
10 30 10 60 *

12 Cook Is 1 1 4 9
6 17 17 67 -

13 USA 2 0 2 8
4 50 0 50 *

14 South Africa 0 0 6 6
6 0 0 100 -

14 Italy 1 1 1 6
3 33 33 33 *

16 NZ Maori 1 0 2 5
3 33 0 67 -

17 Lebanon 0 1 2 4
3 0 33 67 *

18 Russia 0 0 3 3
3 0 0 100 -


Total 188 20 188 784
Percentages

Monday, 28 August 2017

The NRL Refereeing 2017 - Credit Where Due


I ran a blog allaboutsport but I decided to change it to RL exclusively. Instead of using the same blog, I deleted the whole thing and started again. In hindsight I should have modified the existing one as starting from scratch takes years to build any following. However, I digress.

At that previous blog site, I strongly criticised the officiating at games in the NRL. Penalty tries just weren't given, ever. All offenses seemed to get put on report. Cheating and foul play was referred to a post match judiciary. The team on the receiving end of indiscretions got no benefit. I made the point that cheating was rewarded and that foul play should be punished during the game.

I'd have to think that my criticism had no bearing on what has happened in 2017 but suddenly the penalty try is alive again. Bravo! Players are being sin binned. Way to go! Immediate punishment is always the most effective. It drives the wrong act home more effectively and rewards the innocent.

I berated the NRL for its poor record of acting swiftly. I now am obliged to give the thumbs up for the turn around. May the innocent be recompensed.

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World Cup Trivia : 1954 -2013


Let's have some WC trivia points that reflects fourteen World Cup tournaments. Great Britain and England are treated as one entity.

Who have played in the most tournaments?

Australia, GB/England, New Zealand and France have played in all of them.

Who has played the most matches?

Australia. 72.

Who has won the most matches?

Australia. 59.

Who has drawn the most matches? 

GB/England. 6.

Who has a 100% loss record?

South Africa (6 games, 6 losses), Russia (3 games, 3 losses).

How many nations have played at tournaments?

17. The NZ Maori had a side in 2000, but are not a distinct nation.

How many matches have been played at WC tournaments?

198.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

France Elite Teams By Season : 2010-11


Lézignan-Corbières is a small town in the south of France near Narbonne. The population is just 10,000 people so the RL must draw some support from the surrounding region. The reason why this has been raised will become apparent as we continue.

The Elite One: FC Lézignan won from Limoux Grizzlies but only on points difference as both finished on 54 points. SM Pia came third with 50 points and then a gap to fourth.

Finals: In a slightly different format, FC Lézignan rode its luck in defeating SM Pia 25-24 to book a finals spot. In the other sudden death match, Limoux won against Villeneuve XIII 40-24 to enter a playoff game with SM Pia. Limoux triumphed 26-12. In a close final FC Lézignan were just too good for Limoux, winning 17-12.

Lord Derby Cup: In one semi final - you guessed it - FC Lézignan progressed with a win over UTC (now known as St Estève - XIII Catalan) 18-16 in yet another tight victory for the Aude club. Montpellier (Méditerranée Métropole Rugby) XIII couldn't make the final in losing galantly to SM Pia 30-42. If SM Pia thought they could stop FC Lézignan, they were wrong. They were on the wrong end of a 28-17 defeat despite leading 11-6 at half time. Nearly 5,400 were in Carcassonne to witness the occasion.

In summary, FC Lézignan took out the treble, not by overwheming everyone but doing enough to get the right results. I guess you would have to say they had some luck, but you need that in sport. Pia was the next best with a cup final loss, a semi final defeat and 3rd in the league (44 points). Limoux did well in the league and finals for 3rd best side with 40 points.

Rk Team Rnd Fls LD Tot

1 Lézignan 20 20 20 60

2 Pia 16 12 16 44

3 Limoux 18 16 6 40

4 Villeneuve 14 9
23

5 St Estève Cat 10
12 22

6 Montpellier 7
12 19

7 Carcassonne 12 6
18

8 Avignon 11
6 17

9 St Gaudens 8
6 14

10 Carpentras 9

9

11 Albi

6 6


Total 125 63 84 272

For the 2009/10 season, please click here. (coming soon)
For the 2011/12 season, please click here.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

UK Elite Teams By Season : 2010

SL XV had 14 teams lining up in the elite division. Apart from the tradition northern teams, one came from France, Wales and a London side. The Crusaders moved to North Wales from the south of the country. With no promotion relegation, the same teams as last year were there.

League: Wigan took the title with 44 points ahead of St Helens and Warrington (40 apiece). Leeds were further back with 35.

Challenge Cup: The semi finals had Saints edge Leeds 32-28 and Warrington power past Catalan 54-12. The final had Warrington easily take the cup 30-6 at the expense of Leeds.

Finals: St Helens took the first final spot when defeating Huddersfield 42-22. Wigan became the other finalist when it overcame Leeds 22-6. yet another encounter between these two rivals ended with Wigan proving too strong for the Saints, winning 22-10.

In summary, this was a very even competition among the top sides. I gave both Wigan and St Helens 46 points each. Wigan won the league and grand final but bombed in the cup. Saints on the other hand won nothing but were in everything. Leeds and Warrington also shared the same points, 42 each. Leeds were like Saints, being competitive in all competitions while the Wolves Won the cup but failed in the finals playoffs.


Rk Team Lge Fnl CC Tot

1 Wigan 20 20 6 46

1 St Helens 18 16 12 46

3 Leeds 14 12 16 42

3 Warrington 16 6 20 42

5 Huddersfield 12 12
24

6 Hull KR 10 6
16

7 Catalans 3
12 15

8 Hull FC 11 3
14

9 Bradford 7
6 13

10 Crusaders 9 3
12

11 Castleford 8

8

12 Wakefield 6

6

12 Barrow

6 6

12 Batley

6 6

15 Salford 5

5

16 London 4

4


Total 143 78 84 305

For the 2009 season, please click here.
For the 2011 season, please click here.