Alex Holowczak wrote:Kevin Williamson wrote:Assuming Argentina beat Georgia, they'll need to beat England by more than 7 points and score four or more tries.
The last time Scotland did that against England was on 27th March, 1971. Scotland won 26-6 at Murrayfield. This was also the last time they scored 4 tries against England.
first time I've ever seen anyone use a political analogy to explain something in sport!David Robertson wrote:Scotland would need to beat England by 'only' 41-0 (& meet the other conditions), not 81-0, if I understand things correctly. In binary contests like this, calculate GD as 'political swing' ie. (GD gap/2) + 1
I'm quite pleased. The preliminary stages have been dragging, with few competitive games. If Scotland's task was unrealistic, the game would likely be poor.Paul McKeown wrote:Kevin Williamson wrote:I think we may have been wrong yesterday...
Well spotted! Best to check the rules. So - game on for Scotland!
Paul Cooksey wrote:The preliminary stages have been dragging, with few competitive games.
Maybe. I think its right to help the nations with less rugby heritage to improve, and at least the format isn't as bad as the cricket WC. But I feel I've been waiting a long time to get to the knock-out stages.Alex Holowczak wrote:Paul Cooksey wrote:The preliminary stages have been dragging, with few competitive games.
They've been getting better over the last three World Cups. The pool stages are getting less one-sided. The results might not be, but the performance of the minnows seems to be improving.
Kevin Williamson wrote:Iâ€™m not keen on having odd numbers of teams in each group as somebody (usually the minnows) will get a raw deal with the scheduling and have a quick turnaround of games. In one of the tournaments (1999?) I think they experimented with 5 x 4 team groups, but then had a round of play-offs involving group runners up (and a third place team if memory serves me correctly) to get down to eight teams for the quarter-finals.
The traditional 16 teams in four groups seems the best way of giving all the participants a fair crack of the whip whilst not extending the tournament unnecessarily.
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