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Heyneke Meyer currently second best post-isolation Bok coach

11 Nov, 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 Jul, 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 Jul, 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

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Top 30 rugby schools in South Africa & Wildeklawer

23 Apr, 2013 beet 182

Along with the recently update formula that drives the BHP rankings comes a recalculation of who the Top 30 schools in SA have been since 2009 (including the present season 5 of 2013 ).

The rankings confirm that the organisers of Wildeklawer are pretty much on the ball when it comes to inviting the cream of the crop to attend the annual showpiece which will be held from 02 – 04 May at Maritzburg College in Pietermaritzburg this year.…

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School Rugby Derby Head to Head Records

26 Dec, 2012 beet 64

HELP! I’m trying to build a comprehensive head to head database of the traditional derbies. Your assistance would be appreciated. Please comment below or email me at beetb@telkomsa.net. Thanks!…

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Springbok test record: 1992 – 2012

18 Nov, 2012 beet 7

This exercise below covers the Springbok rugby period from world rugby readmission in 1992 until present day.  It started out as an attempt to work out the number of schoolboys in any given year that would go on be capped at Springbok level, based on historical data.…

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SA school rugby regional rankings 2012

28 Aug, 2012 beet 18

Schoolboy rugby statistician Boishaaipa, who’s formula driven national rankings system is used by another website and often complimented as being the most accurate one in South Africa, has taken it upon himself to determine the “regional champions” for 2012. He has used the same formula and criteria that drives his national rankings and applied it to results achieved by schools within their own regions only.…

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SA Schools u18 Trial Group 2012 (50 players)

14 Jul, 2012 beet 17

Maritzburg College’s Jesse Kriel, one of the star players of Craven Week 2012 along with the Kearsney College trio of Sandile Kubeka and the du Preez twins Daniel and Jean-Luc have all cracked the nod to be included in the SA Schools 50-player squad. 

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KZN Age-Group Rankings 2012

21 Jun, 2012 beet 22

Using the 2 points for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for a loss scoring system and then separating teams on the same total by points difference,  here are the results arrived at for the KZN 2nd XV, u16A, u15A and u14A age groups in 2012 for the 8 schools that competed against each other in strength vs strength matches:

(Warning: although this is very simplistic system, it is bound to be contentious, so reasonable suggests on how formula driven improvements can be made are welcomed and will be considered).…

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The 2012 KZN 1st XV Rankings

18 Jun, 2012 beet 49

 

When it comes to ranking the top school teams in KZN, there are any number of ways to go about it. For the purposes of keeping it simple, a pretty fair system of awarding 2 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss has been used below.…