Lies, damn lies and statistics


As we head towards the pointy end of the season with the knockout stages of the cup competitions reaching their zenith, promotion play-off places up for grabs and relegation battles to be decided, I was interested to see how I had progressed during the last six months.

I have refereed 34 matches spanning a total of over 44 hours on the pitch.  I have travelled in excess of 3,500 miles to get to matches and covered a distance of 170 miles on the pitch.  There have been exactly 200 tries, 127 conversion, 59 penalty kicks and just a brace of drop goals.

The discipline front has been a mixed bag – 625 penalties (at an average of just over 18 per match) resulting in 50 yellow cards and four red cards! .

The home side has enjoyed the significant advantage winning 62% of fixtures.  The losing side has also committed the majority of cynical penalties resulting in 59% of yellow cards being issued although three of the four red cards went against the winning team!

With the National U18 Sevens this week and more tournaments on the horizon, the try scoring and imaginative scoring celebrations are bound to hot up and blow these statistics out of the water!


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