As regular readers of the blog will know, after every round of fixtures we produce player ratings for every player from the home nations. At the end of this year’s tournament, we thought it would be interesting to do some analysis of these ratings. It wasn’t terribly complicated – we worked out the average score for each team each week, then put them in a snazzy graph (which should appear below – if it doesn’t, just refresh your page) to show how the teams had progressed as the tournament went on.
It is, thankfully, largely indicative of how the teams actually played. England started strongly before fading and then capitulating on the final weekend. Wales basically went the other way, and ended with comfortably the performance of the tournament. Ireland started well before falling alarmingly off the pace – something which, unsurprisingly, coincided with their dire injury situation after week two. Scotland didn’t really show a trend, but did perform pretty well in weeks two and three, before returning to their normal average fare the rest of the time.
What do you make of the stats? Are they indicative of how the championship unfolded?