With fewer set pieces, a substantial reduction in kicks from hand and many more passes, Rugby World Cup 2011 saw a renewed emphasis on running Rugby.
This is highlighted in the IRB Game Analysis Unit’s comprehensive statistical report which details all the trends from Rugby’s showcase event and takes a closer look at how New Zealand lifted the Webb Ellis Cup for the second time.
The report provides a detailed analysis of all 48 matches and the contrasting styles of the 20 participating teams and details how Rugby World Cup has evolved since 1995 and why Rugby World Cup 2011 was the most competitive tournament to date.
Rugby World Cup 2011 highlights
Scrums, lineouts and kicks were reduced from Rugby World Cup 2007, while passes significantly increased, highlighting an emphasis on running Rugby
HOWEVER, tries that started from scrums and lineouts increased as a percentage of tries, meaning successful set piece is as important as ever.
63% of tries scored were preceded by two or fewer rucks/mauls.
Fourteen times a team had more than 50% of the possession but lost the game. Twice that team was the USA.
In almost 80 per cent of matches, the team scoring the most tries won the match – in only one match did the team scoring the fewest tries win because of penalty goals
Winning margins in the opening Pool matches between Tier 1 and Tier 2 halved, reflecting the improved performances of Tier 2 teams since France 2007 with Tier 1 teams no longer pulling away from Tier 2 opposition in the final 20 minutes of a match as frequently as in the past
The smaller winning margins extended across the whole tournament with Tier 1 v Tier 1 matches producing far small winning margins than ever before
Despite such competitive matches, yellow cards were half those issued at Rugby World Cup 2007
Rugby World Cup 2011 also confirmed that any scrum problems are concentrated on matches between Tier 1 teams with collapses and penalties in matches played between Tier 2 teams being substantially fewer
In the most detailed Rugby World Cup statistical analysis ever, the report provides a detailed analysis of the performances of the teams in all aspects of play, including scoring, winning margins, impact of penalty goals on match results, rate of try conceding, source of tries, try locations, timing of tries and penalty goals, ball in play and possession, passing, rucks and mauls, kick-offs and restarts, lineouts, free kicks, penalties conceded, penalty options taken and cards.
The report also features a fascinating analysis of how the tournament has evolved since Rugby World Cup 1995 to become a Game of fewer set pieces and greater ball in play time. From a time when there were as many set pieces as breakdowns, there are now four times as many breakdowns as scrums and lineouts combined.
The comparison with 1995 shows:
Ball in play has increased by 33 per cent
Passes have gone from 179 per match to 263 - an increase of almost 50 per cent
Rucks/mauls have more than doubled, going up by almost 100 from 69 per match to 162 per match
Kicks have gone down from 75 to 41 per match
Scrums have gone down from 27 to 17 with lineouts down from 37 to 24
Vancouver, BC: Burnaby Lake Rugby Club are the final squad to qualify for the 2011-2012 Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League after defeating the Bayside Sharks 20-11 on Saturday, November 26th. Burnaby competed in two rounds of qualifying to clinch their berth into the province's highest caliber of men's club competition. Burnaby's Division One side will go through to the Ceili's Cup League and will have the chance to defend their provincial title.
Burnaby's Elite side had narrowly missed out during the first round of qualification, and instead saw Capilano and Abbotsford go through. During the second round of qualifying in November, Burnaby went undefeated to claim the eighth and final berth. Burnaby downed Velox 44-5 on November 5th, defeated Vancouver Rowing Club 41-10 on November 12th and then sealed qualification with the 20-11 win on Saturday.
Burnaby kicker Geoff Ryan led all scorers against Bayside with a 15-point contribution. Ryan converted four penalties and a drop goal, while Admir Cejvanovic crossed over for a try. Bayside kicker and the Spray League's leading scorer Pete Clifford kicked two penalties for six points, and Chris Pack crossed over for the Sharks' lone try.
"The importance for our club to qualify for the Premier League is huge," said Burnaby Lake head coach Kris de Scossa. "The ramifications of not qualifying for 80-90 players who have been training and ready to compete at the highest level can not be understated. We have been playing in some very competitive games against Capilano and Abbotsford and I look forward to seeing us play at the level during the 2011-2012 Premier League season."
Along with qualifiers Capilano and Abbotsford, Burnaby will now join the five pre-qualified teams including Castaway Wanderers RFC, Meraloma Rugby Club, UBCOB Ravens, James Bay Athletic Association and the University of Victoria Vikes. The 2011-2012 CDI Premier League schedule will be released shortly.
As Burnaby was qualifying and missed out on the early stages of the 2011-2012 CDI Premier League, two of their results against pre-qualified teams will carry through. The results were a 62-18 bonus point win over Meraloma Rugby Club on September 10th and a 36-3 win over the UBCOB Ravens on September 24th.
Round 1 Qualifying Results: Capilano and Abbotsford qualfied Sat. September 10th: Capilano [34 - 3] Abbotsford Sat. September 17th: Vancouver Rowing Club [17 - 30] Burnaby Lake Sat. September 24th: Capilano [14 - 18] Bayside Sharks Sat. October 1st: Bayside Sharks [19 - 33] Abbotsford Sat. October 15th: Abbotsford [48 - 18] Vancouver Rowing Club Sat. October 15th: Capilano [10 - 5] Burnaby Lake Sat. October 22nd: Burnaby Lake [27 - 15] Bayside Sharks Sat. October 29th: Abbotsford [24 - 22] Burnaby Lake Sat. October 29th: Bayside Sharks [41 - 18] Vancouver Rowing Club
Round 2 Qualifying Results: Burnaby Lake qualified Sat. November 5th: Vancouver Rowing Club [22 - 78] Bayside Sharks Sat. November 5th: Velox [5 - 44] Burnaby Lake Sat. November 12th: Velox [9 - 19] Bayside Sharks] Sat. November 12th: Vancouver Rowing Club [10 - 41] Burnaby Lake Sat. November 19th: Velox [38 - 40] Vancouver Rowing Club Sat. November 26th: Bayside Sharks [11 - 20] Burnaby Lake
Former Cal captain Derek Asbun scored a try for Oxford University as they went down 32-20 to Championship club Esher.
This was the final warmup for Oxford before they take on Cambridge Thursday, December 8 in the Varsity Match at Twickenham.
Asbun was again a solid performer for Oxford, starting at blindside flanker.
Jason Law, another former Cal player in graduate school at Oxford, was on the bench. Coming back from injury, Law will have some work to do to get a Blue (a rugby Blue is awarded when a player plays in the Varsity rugby match). Asbun, for his part, seems to be favored to attain that honor as he has excelled since starting the fall season with his new team.
James Madison and UW-Whitewater will take each other on Sunday at 10:30AM ET in USA Rugby's DII 3rd/4th consolation game.The game is livestreamed below or here on RUGBYMag's YouTube channel. Read more...
The ACRA Women's DII championship game between Notre Dame College and Winona State starts Noon on Sunday, Dec 8, 2013.It will be live webstreamed below or on RUGBYMag.com's Youtube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/RUGBYMagazine1 Read more...
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