We’ve analysed the player ratings from each of the Six Nations teams over the past couple of months to see how they reflect the overall team performances in each round.
This article comes with plenty of caveats around subjectivity, different writers rating each team, consistency of scoring and so on.
Overall team ratings
This table shows the sum of player ratings for each team versus their competition rivals – read along the rows to see how each team scored against their opposition in each column. For instance, Ireland scored 110 (out of 150) against England and 127 versus Wales.
The teams are listed according to where they finished in the final table, and the Average score column highlights some discrepancy. It appears France were lucky to finish ahead of Wales, and perhaps Italy should have beaten Scotland to consign them to the Wooden Spoon – but there’s not much in it, and rumours that the Six Nations committee will use The Rugby Blog’s player ratings to decide the overall Championship winner are totally unfounded.
In terms of performance, Ireland’s efforts against Wales stand out with the highest score, which seems to reflect that match in Dublin pretty well, and the fact their overall score never dropped below 110 suggests they were worthy tournament winners.
At the other end of the scale, Scotland’s drubbing by Wales in Round 5 stands out as the lowest score, in which Stuart Hogg’s 1 out of 10 didn’t contribute much. Their best performance came against France – a game they really should have won, particularly when the opposition only mustered a team score of 80.5.
Scores by Round
This chart may tell us a little more about each team’s performances in sequence, giving some clues about how they might be developing just 18 months from the Rugby World Cup.
Ireland and England stand out as both the highest scorers and most consistent sides by some distance, and their supporters have the most cause for optimism ahead of the World Cup. More effective performances are becoming more common, and whilst there is still room for improvement, things seem to be moving in the right direction. Every other team would appear to be on a rollercoaster ride.
Wales’ average score was reasonable, but there were clear dips in performance when the team played away from home in Rounds 2 and 4, highlighting that the Millennium Stadium really does lift the players.
Scotland were also erratic, not helped by the extraordinary selection decisions of outgoing coach Scott Johnson, and these figures show that a change of direction is just what they need.
What do you think? Are there any interesting trends that stand out in these numbers? Do these ratings reflect what you saw happening in the tournament? How did you rate the teams’ performances, putting the actual results to one side?