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The BHP Top 50 Ranking formula explained

3 April, 2014 beet 320

The 2014 school rugby season is in full swing now with the first proper rankings expected to come out just after Easter. Here is an explanation of how the BHP statistics are derived.…

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SA Schools Cricket & Rugby Analysis : 1994 – 2013 (20 seasons)

23 February, 2014 beet 82

This is an analysis of the of SA School cricket and rugby selections 1994 – 2013, in other words the last 20 years. For the sake of creating a common base of measurement, schools have been assigned to their rugby regions as opposed to their cricket regions which differ in some cases. …

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Analysis of SA Schools Cricket, Hockey, Rugby & Water Polo Representatives for 2013

5 January, 2014 beet 124

Analysing the 78 SA Schools representatives for 2013, shows that Kearsney from Botha’s Hill in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and their Methodist brother school St Stithians from Randburg in Gauteng top the list with 5 representatives apiece followed by the likes of Affies (Pretoria), Paarl Gymnasium and Rondebosch (Cape Town) with 4 each. As a provincial region, no one comes close to the Western Cape  (41%) and even by splitting the province into Western Province (WP), Boland and South Western Districts (SWD), WP still commands a 33% share of the overall pie.…

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Heyneke Meyer currently second best post-isolation Bok coach

11 November, 2013 beet 15

Believe it or not by the time this End of Year Tour is over, current Springbok Heyneke Meyer will be the fourth most experienced Bok coach of all time, overtaking both Rudolf Straeuli and the legendary Doc Danie Craven to claim that spot. The Boks’ 24-15 win over Wales on the weekend, also pushes Meyer up into second place since test rugby readmission. This second place is in terms of both win percentage and  a specially devised rating formula which takes the quality of the test opponents into consideration.…

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Is date of birth important in rugby?

14 July, 2013 beet 30

Thank you very much to Tzavosky for this wonderful contribution that analyses the birth dates of the Craven Week players and the current Springboks:

It has been known for some time and supported by several studies in different sporting codes that an athlete’s date of birth can determine their success at an elite level in that code. Studies have been done for soccer, Australian league and Canadian Ice hockey that I’m aware of.…

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Craven Week finalists over the years

13 July, 2013 beet 10

UPDATED.

# TEAM P W D L PF PA PD
1 Western Province 20 12 0 8 382 352 30
2 Free State 17 8 0 9 317 275 42
3 Blue Bulls 9 7 0 2 221 144 77
4 Golden Lions 9 4 1 4 139 160 -21
5 Eastern Province 7 2 1 5 110 116 -6
6 Pumas 4 2 0 2 66 57 9
7 South Western Districts 3 2 0 1 69 67 2
8 KwaZulu-Natal 3 1 1 1 53 76 -23
9 Boland 3 1 0 2 44 43 1
10 Golden Lions 3 0 0 3 46 120 -74
11 Griffons 2 1 0 1 16 31 -15
12 Border 2 0 1 1 22 23 -1
13 Pumas 1 1 0 0 19 18 1
14 Leopards 1 0 0 1 9 16 -7
15 Valke 1 0 0 1 19 30 -11
16 Griquas 1 0 0 1 0 11 -11