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#1241824 - Tue Sep 03 2019 08:34 AM Results & Standings .. iRB World Cup
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Rugby World Cup
iRB World Cup
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Japan
2019
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The 2019 Rugby World Cup starts later this month, on Friday 20th September. New Zealand are the defending champions. This is the 9th iRB World Cup and, over the last 32 years, all finalists and winners have come from the top four rugby nations. The winners of the first eight were:
          Winner             Runner-Up    3rd place          4th place
    1987 New Zealand 29-9 France Wales 22-21 Australia
    1991 Australia 12–6 England New Zealand 13–6 Scotland
    1995 South Africa 15–12 New Zealand France 19–9 England
    1999 Australia 35–12 France South Africa 22–18 New Zealand
    2003 England 20–17 Australia New Zealand 40–13 France
    2007 South Africa 15–6 England Argentina 34–10 France
    2011 New Zealand 8–7 France Australia 21–18 Wales
    2015 New Zealand 34-17 Australia South Africa 24-13 Argentina
The 20 finalists for 2019 have been split into 4 groups of 5 teams:
    Pool A

    Ireland
    Scotland
    Japana
    Russia
    Samoa
    `
    Pool B

    New Zeland
    South Africa
    Italy
    Namibia
    Canada
    `
    Pool C

    England
    France
    Argentina
    USA
    Tonga
    `
    Pool D

    Australia
    Wales
    Georgia
    Fiji
    Uruguay
    `
    Rounds 1-5
    pool matches x40
    Round 6
    quarter finals
    Round 7
    semi-finals
    Round 8
    Bronze Medal
    World Cup Final

    Fri 20th Sep to Sun 13th Oct

    Sat 19th & Sun 20th Oct

    Sat 26th & Sun 27th Oct

    Fri 1st November
    Sat 2nd November
As was the case with prior iRB Wold Cup tipping comps, there will be 8 rounds in the tipping comp with 8 pts each round. The comp will run for 7 weeks with one round each weekend, except for the 2nd round which will be mid-week (see list of tipping threads in post below). Advance picks will be lodged in Round 1 for the four semi-finalists, and in Round 2 for the two finalists and the winner. The rules are the same as those used for the Super XV tipping comp:
    points
    default
    draws
    upsets

    perfect picks
    draw bonus

    dead-heats
    one point for each correct pick.
    if you forget to pick, the wooden spoon score is all yours.
    for those brave souls amongst us, you can pick a draw (good luck).
    if you pick a game solo, you score a bonus point (or one of two if more
    than 12 runners).
    of 8/8 scores a bonus point.
    no-one picks a draw, bonus point for the minority who picked the upset
    win (same as FLC and Super XV comps).
    weekly wins vs. wooden spoon countback. If they're identical bonus pts
    will be used; and then the advance pick for the winner.
This is the 5th edition of the iRB World Cup tipping comp. The first was 16 years ago! The previous medal winners were:

2003 Dazzy_D silverginger Bertho
2007 jonnowales srini701 jill-geo
2011 LeoDaVinci paper_aero Howie72
2015 Dizart srini701 PaulE


This is how LeoDaVinci responded to his 2011 win: Wait a second, what sport was this? :P
No-one has retained their title or won this twice .. srini701 is the only person who's been on the podium twice; and the gap was eight years! Will the defending titleholder, Dizart, set a new benchmark by winning this again? Sign-in here to watch the aussie Wallabies beat their kiwi cousins, the All Blacks, in the World Cup Final!


Edited by gtho4 (Fri Sep 20 2019 04:56 AM)

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#1241826 - Tue Sep 03 2019 08:36 AM Re: iRB World Cup .. sign-up sheet
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Edited by gtho4 (Sat Sep 14 2019 02:06 AM)

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#1241831 - Tue Sep 03 2019 09:37 AM Re: iRB World Cup .. sign-up sheet
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I'm in

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#1242584 - Thu Sep 12 2019 11:00 PM Re: iRB World Cup .. sign-up sheet
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Can we please pin this?
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#1242600 - Fri Sep 13 2019 02:17 AM Re: iRB World Cup .. sign-up sheet
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I'll have a go at defending my title

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#1242965 - Tue Sep 17 2019 01:15 PM Re: iRB World Cup .. sign-up sheet
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add one more to the list

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#1243599 - Mon Sep 23 2019 11:31 PM Re: Results & Standings .. iRB World Cup
srini701 Offline
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Registered: Wed Jan 04 2006
Posts: 10142
Loc: Hyderabad India           
Rugby World Cup
pool matches
Round 1
.
iRB World Cup
Japan
Fri 18 Sep
.
13 players lodged tips
30-10
39-21
23-21
23-13
47-22
27-3
35-3
43-14
13
13
6
12
13
12
13
13
Japan v Russia
Australia v Fiji
France v Argentina
New Zealand v RSA
Italy v Namibia
Ireland v Scotland
England v Tonga
Wales v Georgia
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


Sypher

ozzz2002

`
95the last game on the list was played on Monday




Tipping Comp Standings

  position                 points      
----- ----- -------
TW LW hi-lo LW TW bp WIN FIN
----- ----- ------- hf ws -------
1 1-1 Dizart b 00 8 9 1 1 ooo ooo
1 1-1 George95 b 00 8 9 1 1 ooo ooo
1 1-1 Howie72 b 00 8 9 1 1 ooo ooo
1 1-1 LeoDaVinci b 00 8 9 1 1
1 1-1 paper_aero b 8 9 1 1
1 1-1 PaulE b 8 9 1 1
7 7-7 dg_dave 7 7
7 7-7 gtho4 7 7
7 7-7 N-Bomb 7 7
7 7-7 srini701 7 7
7 7-7 wwe84 7 7
12 12-12 ozzz2002 00 6 6 1 ooo ooo
12 12-12 Sypher 00 6 6 1 ooo ooo
late starters 6
95 6 2 6
(def) wooden spoon 00 6 6
best picks 00 8 8
perfect picks 00 8 8
bonus points 00 6 6

b = bonus point for perfect picks.
s = bonus pt for picking result solo, or one of two.
o = no one picked draw; bonus for picking upset win.
WIN = advance pick for winner.
FIN = advance pick for losing finalist.
def = default is wooden spoon score.

Weekly Leader
 
paper_aero PaulE
1. +2 Dizart George95 Howie LeoDaVinci
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.



            week         Hall of Fame                        Wooden Spoon

% bp |wk|
paper LeoDaVinci PaulE
95/104 91.1 6 | 1| 8/8 Dizart George95 Howie72 6/8 ozzz2002 Sypher
/ . | 2| /8 /8
/ . | 3| /8 /8
/ . | 4| /8 /8
/ . | 5| /8 /8
/ . | 6| /8 /8
/ . | 7| /8 /8
/ . | 8| /8 /8
| |
6 | | 6 2

A field of 13 runners (3 less than in 2015) lined up for the start of the 5th edition of the iRB World Cup tipping comp. 12 of us have returned, 4 dropped off (Davjack, ElfTwinkle, illiniman14, KrvivoyRog) and we managed to entice back LeoDaVinci.

This is the first time the tournament is being held in Asia and outside the traditional strongholds of the game. All the expected teams won their opening matches without much fanfare. The most exciting one was the France-Argentina tie, which was anyway expected to be close. France won the match, much to the delight of 6 of us here, and now Argentina have a mountain to climb to get out of the pool, including against England. Don't write off the Pumas yet.....England is supposedly a favourite, but remember they crashed out in the pool stages 4 years back when they hosted it.

Ireland-Scotland was also supposed to be close, but Ireland showed why they are the world's number 1 ranked team going into the World Cup. New Zealand stamped their credentials against South Africa and the rest of the field will now be more wary of the All Blacks. Australia won too (our 3 Aussie friends here will shoot me if I don't mention their team), but can they go far? Let's see smile

We started off on a strong note here with 6 of us going perfect. As a lot, we managed an impressive 91% hit rate, but guess that's par for the course for this tournament in the opening rounds. Sypher and ozzz2002 went for upsets that didn't come off, so they start with spoons.

The 32 semi-finalists over the first eight World Cups were:

7 New Zealand
6 France
6 Australia
4 England
4 South Africa didn't play in first two
2 Wales
2 Argentina
1 Scotland

All 13 of us have picked New Zealand and England to be in the semis. Surprisingly, World number 1 Ireland had only 5 backers. Australia had fewer backers than South Africa (but the South Africans lost their opening match, so what do we know?). There should be an upset or two along the way (the favourites can't win everything), and the podium finishers in our lot here should be the ones who go for an upset that will pay off. All will be revealed over the next six weeks.



13 players lodged advance picks

Advance Picks : four semi-finalists
Dizart      NZ ENG AUS     IRE
dg_dave NZ ENG AUS IRE
George95 NZ ENG AUS RSA
gtho4 NZ ENG AUS RSA
Howie72 NZ ENG AUS RSA
LeoDaVinci NZ ENG RSA WAL
N-Bomb NZ ENG RSA WAL
ozzz2002 NZ ENG AUS ARG
paper_aero NZ ENG RSA IRE
PaulE NZ ENG RSA IRE
srini701 NZ ENG RSA WAL
Sypher NZ ENG RSA WAL
wwe84 NZ ENG AUS IRE
52 13 13 7 9 5+4+1
Advance picks added into the second-last round, Round 7.
One point for each correct pick.







Edited by srini701 (Mon Sep 23 2019 11:36 PM)
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#1244625 - Fri Oct 04 2019 04:53 PM Re: Results & Standings .. iRB World Cup
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Hi I'm new to the forum site I assume I'm to late to enter the Rugby World Cup predictions or can I still enter a prediction for the last four.
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#1244641 - Fri Oct 04 2019 05:59 PM Re: Results & Standings .. iRB World Cup
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  Welcome to Fiunrivia! You can still enter from Round 4 onwards, through to the Final:
  iRB World Cup [ 4 ] Sat 5th Oct
  Advance picks for the last four, finalists and winner were back in Rounds 1 and 2:

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#1244675 - Sat Oct 05 2019 01:38 AM Results & Standings .. iRB World Cup
gtho4 Offline
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Registered: Sun Dec 26 1999
Posts: 51328
Loc: Sydney
oz downunder
Rugby World Cup
pool matches
Round 2
.
iRB World Cup
Japan
Tue 24 Sep
.
13 of 13 players lodged tips
`9-34
27-30
48-7
45-7
28-12
19-12
57-3
33-7
13
0
13
13
13

1
13
10
Russia v Samoa
Fiji v Uruguay
Italy v Canada
England v USA
Argentina v Tonga
Japan v Ireland
RSA v Namibia
Georgia v Uruguay
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx




dg_dave

George95 ozzz2002 wwe84 `
76the last game on the list was played on Sunday 29 Sep




Tipping Comp Standings

  position                 points      
----- ----- -------
TW LW hi-lo LW TW bp WIN FIN
----- ----- ------- hf ws -------
1 7 1-7 dg_dave s 7 7 15 1 1 NZ AUS
1 1 1-1 Dizart 9 6 15 1 1 NZ AUS
1 1 1-1 Howie72 9 6 15 1 1 NZ ENG
1 1 1-1 LeoDaVinci 9 6 15 1 1 NZ ENG
1 1 1-1 paper_aero 9 6 15 1 1 NZ ENG
1 1 1-1 PaulE 9 6 15 1 1 NZ ENG
7 1 1-7 George95 9 5 14 1 1 1 NZ ENG
8 7 7-8 gtho4 7 6 13 NZ AUS
8 7 7-8 N-Bomb 7 6 13 NZ RSA
8 7 7-8 srini701 7 6 13 NZ RSA
11 12 11-12 Sypher 6 6 12 1 NZ IRE
11 7 7-11 wwe84 7 5 12 1 NZ AUS
13 12 12-13 ozzz2002 6 5 11 2 NZ AUS
late starters 12
76 7 5 7
(def) wooden spoon 6 5 11
best picks 8 7 15
perfect picks 8 8 16
bonus points 6 1 7

b = bonus point for perfect picks.
s = bonus pt for picking result solo, or one of two.
o = no one picked draw; bonus for picking upset win.
WIN = advance pick for winner.
FIN = advance pick for losing finalist.
def = default is wooden spoon score.

Weekly Leader
 

1. +2 Dizart Howie72 LeoDaVinci paper_aero PaulE George95
2. +1 Dizart Howie72 LeoDaVinci paper_aero PaulE dg_dave
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.



            week         Hall of Fame                        Wooden Spoon

% bp |wk|
LeoDaVinci PaulE
95/104 91.1 6 | 1| 8/8 Dizart George95 Howie72 paper_aero 6/8 ozzz2002 Sypher
76/104 70.1 1 | 2| 7/8 dg_dave 5/8 ozzz2002 George95 wwe84
/ . | 3| /8 /8
/ . | 4| /8 /8
/ . | 5| /8 /8
/ . | 6| /8 /8
/ . | 7| /8 /8
/ . | 8| /8 /8
| |
7 | | 7 5

Two upsets saw our strike rate fall to 70.1% .. no-one picked the loss by Fiji but dg_dave jagged the loss by Ireland! He scored a bonus point for this effort and climbs up the table from 7th into a six-way tie for 1st place.

It was also a six-way tie after the Round One .. George95 collected a wooden spoon and dropped out of the leading pack (replaced by dg_dave).

That's two down and six to go. Our advance picks are summarised below. All of us have picked the All Blacks to win the World Cup. The winner of this compo will probably be determined by the other advance picks.

Five of 13 players have unique advance and eight have seven identical advance picks: Dizart, dg_dave and wwe84 .. N-Bomb and srini701 .. LeoDaVinci, PaulE and paper_aero.

13 players lodged advance picks

Advance Picks : four semi-finalists
 dg_dave     NZ ENG AUS     IRE
Dizart NZ ENG AUS IRE
George95 NZ ENG AUS RSA
gtho4 NZ ENG AUS RSA
Howie72 NZ ENG AUS RSA
LeoDaVinci NZ ENG RSA WAL
N-Bomb NZ ENG RSA WAL
ozzz2002 NZ ENG AUS ARG
paper_aero NZ ENG RSA IRE
PaulE NZ ENG RSA IRE
srini701 NZ ENG RSA WAL
Sypher NZ ENG RSA WAL
wwe84 NZ ENG AUS IRE
52 13 13 7 9 5+1 4

Advance picks added into the second-last round, Round 7.
One point for each correct pick.
13 players lodged these three picks

two finalists . . . . . . . . . . winner A
 NZ AUS             NZ  dg_dave
NZ AUS NZ Dizart
NZ ENG NZ George95
NZ AUS NZ gtho4
NZ RSA NZ Howie72
NZ ENG NZ LeoDaVinci
NZ RSA NZ N-Bomb
NZ AUS NZ ozzz2002
NZ ENG NZ paper_aero
NZ ENG NZ PaulE
NZ RSA NZ srini701
NZ IRE NZ Sypher
NZ AUS NZ wwe84
13 5 4 3 1 13 39

Advance picks added into the last round, Round 8. One point for
each finalist and 3 pts for the winner (1 pt if they lose the final).


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#1244683 - Sat Oct 05 2019 04:04 AM Results & Standings .. iRB World Cup
gtho4 Offline
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Posts: 51328
Loc: Sydney
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Rugby World Cup
pool matches
Round 3
.
iRB World Cup
Japan
Sun 29 Sep
.
12 of 13 players lodged tips
25-29
34-0`
33-9
63-0
10-45
35-0
49-3
45-10
4
11
12
12
12
12
12
12
Australia v Wales
Scotland v Samoa
France v USA
New Zealand v Canada
Georgia v Fiji
Ireland v Russia
South Africa v Italy
Australia v Uruguay
Sypher N-Bomb paper_aero srini701
Sypher

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx



`
87the last game on the list was played on Sat 5 Oct




Tipping Comp Standings

  position                 points      
----- ----- -------
TW LW hi-lo LW TW bp WIN FIN
----- ----- ------- hf ws -------
1 1 1-1 paper_aero b 15 8 24 2 2 NZ ENG
2 8 2-8 srini701 b 13 8 22 1 1 NZ RSA
2 1 1-2 LeoDaVinci 15 22 1 1 NZ ENG
2 8 2-8 N-Bomb b 13 8 22 1 1 NZ RSA
2 1 1-7 dg_dave 15 7 22 1 1 1 NZ AUS
2 1 1-2 Dizart 15 7 22 1 1 1 NZ AUS
2 1 1-2 Howie72 15 7 22 1 1 1 NZ ENG
2 1 1-2 PaulE 15 7 22 1 1 1 NZ ENG
9 7 1-9 George95 14 7 21 1 2 1 NZ ENG
10 8 7-10 gtho4 13 7 20 1 NZ AUS
11 11 11-12 Sypher 12 7 19 2 NZ IRE
11 11 7-11 wwe84 12 7 19 2 NZ AUS
13 13 12-13 ozzz2002 11 7 18 4 NZ AUS
late starters 19
87 10 14 10
(def) wooden spoon 11 7 18
best picks 15 8 23
perfect picks 16 8 24
bonus points 7 3 10

b = bonus point for perfect picks.
s = bonus pt for picking result solo, or one of two.
o = no one picked draw; bonus for picking upset win.
WIN = advance pick for winner.
FIN = advance pick for losing finalist.
def = default is wooden spoon score.

Weekly Leader
 

1. +2 paper_aero Dizart Howie72 LeoDaVinci PaulE George95
2. +1 paper_aero Dizart Howie72 LeoDaVinci PaulE dg_dave
3. +1 paper_aero
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.



            week         Hall of Fame                        Wooden Spoon

% bp |wk|
LeoDaVinci PaulE
95/104 91.1 6 | 1| 8/8 paper_aero Dizart George95 Howie72 6/8 ozzz2002 Sypher
76/104 70.1 1 | 2| 7/8 dg_dave 5/8 ozzz2002 George95 wwe84 PaulE Sypher
87/96 90.6 3 | 3| 8/8 paper_aero N-Bomb srini701 7/8 ozzz2002 George95 wwe84 dg_dave Dizart gtho4 Howie72
/ . | 4| /8 /8
/ . | 5| /8 /8
/ . | 6| /8 /8
/ . | 7| /8 /8
/ . | 8| /8 /8
| |
10 | | 10 14

We have a solo leader. Three perfect picks see paper_aero skip away to lead by 2 pts. The rest of us collected a wooden spoon each with 7/8.

LeoDaVinci failed to lodge picks but scores a 7/8 default score to stay in touch, in a seven-way tie for 2nd place.

srini701 is away and returns next week. Normal transmission will resume upon his return.

Our advance picks for the semis and final are summarised in the previous post.

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#1244714 - Sat Oct 05 2019 09:19 AM Re: Results & Standings .. iRB World Cup
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I didn't get to see your reply until after the the Japan match. Looked at the round four and scroll down to the bottom but there was no place to place a message. So I assume it is closed perhaps the next major sporting event.
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#1244919 - Mon Oct 07 2019 12:27 AM Re: Results & Standings .. iRB World Cup
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Posts: 10142
Loc: Hyderabad India           
Thanks George, for covering for me smile I’m back in action from Wednesday and will post all my comps then.
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#1244948 - Mon Oct 07 2019 08:14 AM Re: Results & Standings .. iRB World Cup
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Loc: near Stafford, Virginia
Originally Posted By: Llynfi
I didn't get to see your reply until after the the Japan match. Looked at the round four and scroll down to the bottom but there was no place to place a message. So I assume it is closed perhaps the next major sporting event.


You could join in Round 5.
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#1245175 - Wed Oct 09 2019 09:52 PM Re: Results & Standings .. iRB World Cup
srini701 Offline
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Registered: Wed Jan 04 2006
Posts: 10142
Loc: Hyderabad India           
Rugby World Cup
pool matches
Round 4
.
iRB World Cup
Japan
Sat 5 Oct
.
13 of 13 players lodged tips
39-10
38-19
71-9
23-21
66-7
47-17
61-0
29-17
12
11
13
12
13
13
13

11
England v Argentina
Japan v Samoa
New Zealand v Namibia
France v Tonga
South Africa v Canada
Argentina v USA
Scotland v Russia
Wales v Fiji
gtho4
Sypher wwe84

dg_dave



ozzz2002 wwe84 `
98the last game on the list was played on Wed 10 Oct




Tipping Comp Standings

  position                 points      
----- ----- -------
TW LW hi-lo LW TW bp WIN FIN
----- ----- ------- hf ws -------
1 1 1-1 paper_aero b 24 8 33 3 3 NZ ENG
2 2 2-8 srini701 b 22 8 31 2 2 NZ RSA
2 2 1-2 LeoDaVinci b 22 8 31 2 2 NZ ENG
2 2 2-8 N-Bomb b 22 8 31 2 2 NZ RSA
2 2 1-2 Dizart b 22 8 31 2 1 2 NZ AUS
2 2 1-2 Howie72 b 22 8 31 2 1 2 NZ ENG
2 2 1-2 PaulE b 22 8 31 2 1 2 NZ ENG
8 9 1-9 George95 b 21 8 30 2 2 2 NZ ENG
9 2 1-9 dg_dave 22 7 29 1 1 1 NZ AUS
10 10 7-10 gtho4 20 7 27 1 NZ AUS
11 11 11-12 Sypher 19 7 26 2 NZ IRE
12 13 12-13 ozzz2002 18 7 25 3 NZ AUS
12 11 7-12 wwe84 19 6 25 3 NZ AUS
late starters 25
98 18 15 18
(def) wooden spoon 18 6 24
best picks 23 8 31
perfect picks 24 8 32
bonus points 10 8 18

b = bonus point for perfect picks.
s = bonus pt for picking result solo, or one of two.
o = no one picked draw; bonus for picking upset win.
WIN = advance pick for winner.
FIN = advance pick for losing finalist.
def = default is wooden spoon score.

Weekly Leader
 

1. +2 paper_aero Dizart Howie72 LeoDaVinci PaulE George95
2. +1 paper_aero Dizart Howie72 LeoDaVinci PaulE dg_dave
3. +1 paper_aero
4. +1 paper_aero
5.
6.
7.
8.



            week         Hall of Fame                        Wooden Spoon

% bp |wk|
LeoDaVinci PaulE
95/104 91.1 6 | 1| 8/8 paper_aero Dizart George95 Howie72 6/8 ozzz2002 Sypher
76/104 70.1 1 | 2| 7/8 dg_dave 5/8 ozzz2002 George95 wwe84 PaulE Sypher
87/96 90.6 3 | 3| 8/8 paper_aero N-Bomb srini701 7/8 ozzz2002 George95 wwe84 dg_dave Dizart gtho4 Howie72
98/104 94.2 8 | 4| 8/8 paper_aero N-Bomb srini701 Dizart 6/8 wwe84
Howie72 LeoDaVinci PaulE George95
/ . | 5| /8 /8
/ . | 6| /8 /8
/ . | 7| /8 /8
/ . | 8| /8 /8
| |
18 | | 18 15

Thanks George, for the two previous rounds smile ....We missed only 6 picks between us and they are all listed in the table above. 98/104 (94.2% strike rate) correct picks means the rugby world is so very predictable, even to Indians and Americans here grin

The group stages continued to throw up some very predictable results. Argentina bowed out of the World Cup with a win. South Africa moved into the quarterfinals, while Scotland kept their hopes alive too. The last round may see a couple of good matches, if the weather in Japan permits...

8 of us had a perfect round here. dg_dave somehow went for a draw in the France-Tonga match, but it didn't quite come off. Otherwise we would have had 9 perfect here. wwe84 takes another spoon and slips to the bottom.

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#1245181 - Wed Oct 09 2019 10:55 PM Re: Results & Standings .. iRB World Cup
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Posts: 10142
Loc: Hyderabad India           
Me and my "big mouth" frown

~ England v France off due to typhoon’s ‘significant impact’
~ Decision on Scotland v Japan to be made on Sunday
~ New Zealand v Italy also cancelled

Everyone will get points for any cancelled games...
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#1245206 - Thu Oct 10 2019 05:05 AM Re: Results & Standings .. iRB World Cup
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Registered: Fri Mar 16 2007
Posts: 22690
Loc: Buckhaven Fife
Scotland UK
Guarantee the Japan-Scotland game will be called off to make sure the host nation stays in it

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#1245689 - Mon Oct 14 2019 12:04 AM Re: Results & Standings .. iRB World Cup
srini701 Offline
Star Poster

Registered: Wed Jan 04 2006
Posts: 10142
Loc: Hyderabad India           
Rugby World Cup
pool matches
Round 5
.
iRB World Cup
Japan
Fri 11 Oct
.
13 of 13 players lodged tips
27-8
0-0
0-0

47-5
0-0
19-31
35-13
28-21
13
13
13

13
13
12
13
6
Australia v Georgia
New Zealand vs Italy
England vs France

Ireland v Samoa
Namibia vs Canada
USA v Tonga
Wales v Uruguay
Japan v Scotland
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Everyone

dg_dave
Everyone
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Tipping Comp Standings

  position                 points      
----- ----- -------
TW LW hi-lo LW TW bp WIN FIN
----- ----- ------- hf ws -------
1 1 1-1 paper_aero 33 8 41 4 3 NZ ENG
2 2 2-8 srini701 31 8 39 3 2 NZ RSA
2 2 1-2 LeoDaVinci 31 8 39 3 2 NZ ENG
2 2 2-8 N-Bomb 31 7 38 2 1 2 NZ RSA
2 2 1-2 Dizart 31 7 38 2 2 2 NZ AUS
2 2 1-2 Howie72 31 7 38 2 2 2 NZ ENG
2 2 1-2 PaulE 31 7 38 2 2 2 NZ ENG
8 9 1-9 George95 30 7 37 2 3 2 NZ ENG
9 2 1-9 dg_dave 29 7 36 1 2 1 NZ AUS
10 10 7-10 gtho4 27 7 34 2 NZ AUS
12 13 12-13 ozzz2002 25 8 33 1 3 NZ AUS
12 11 7-12 wwe84 25 8 33 1 3 NZ AUS
11 11 11-12 Sypher 26 7 33 3 NZ IRE

* No bonus points being awarded this round as 3 matches were washed out

96 23 23 18
(def) wooden spoon 24 7 31
best picks 31 8 39
perfect picks 32 8 40
bonus points 18 0 18

b = bonus point for perfect picks.
s = bonus pt for picking result solo, or one of two.
o = no one picked draw; bonus for picking upset win.
WIN = advance pick for winner.
FIN = advance pick for losing finalist.
def = default is wooden spoon score.

Weekly Leader
 

1. +2 paper_aero Dizart Howie72 LeoDaVinci PaulE George95
2. +1 paper_aero Dizart Howie72 LeoDaVinci PaulE dg_dave
3. +1 paper_aero
4. +2 paper_aero
5. +2 paper_aero
6.
7.
8.



            week         Hall of Fame                        Wooden Spoon

% bp |wk|
LeoDaVinci PaulE
95/104 91.1 6 | 1| 8/8 paper_aero Dizart George95 Howie72 6/8 ozzz2002 Sypher
76/104 70.1 1 | 2| 7/8 dg_dave 5/8 ozzz2002 George95 wwe84 PaulE Sypher
87/96 90.6 3 | 3| 8/8 paper_aero N-Bomb srini701 7/8 ozzz2002 George95 wwe84 dg_dave Dizart gtho4 Howie72
98/104 94.2 8 | 4| 8/8 paper_aero N-Bomb srini701 Dizart 6/8 wwe84
Howie72 LeoDaVinci PaulE George95
96/104 92.3 0 | 5| 8/8 paper_aero srini701 ozzz2002 7/8 Dizart gtho4 Howie72 N-Bomb
LeoDaVinci wwe84 PaulE Sypher dg_dave George95
/ . | 6| /8 /8
/ . | 7| /8 /8
/ . | 8| /8 /8
| |
18 | | 23 23

The last round of the World Cup pool matches were all about Super typhoon Hagibis that struck Japan on Saturday. Three matches were cancelled, deemed as 0-0 draws. This caused some consternation in some players and teams (Italy's player Sergio Parisse called it "ridiculous that there was no plan B"). As Howie72 pointed out, Italy still became the FIRST team EVER NOT to lose to New Zealand, in a pool match at the Rugby World Cup.

Sunday's matches still went ahead (though Dizart was pretty sure they'd call off Scotland's game to ensure the hosts moved ahead, and Scotland did threaten to sue the organisers if their game was cancelled). In the end, Japan required no favours from the weather, and they proved their win over Ireland was no fluke, as they beat Scotland too to make it to the quarterfinals for the first time (they won 3 out of 4 pool matches in 2015, and still went out)....to better summarize it, in the words of The Guardian correspondent, "Some results deserve to be lit up in neon and this historic victory for Japan was one of them. Never before has any team from Asia reached the quarter-finals of a Rugby World Cup, let alone played such an inspirational brand of rugby. This was not just an emotional occasion for the host nation but an electrifying moment for the global game as a whole. Because this was finally the day when the patronising tier two label still used by some to denote Japan’s status in the sport officially ceased to exist. As was the case against Ireland, the Brave Blossoms were irresistible at times and were more than good value for their four-try success against a Scotland team who, for only the second time, are going home before the knockout stages commence."

England topped Group C after their match against France was cancelled; New Zealand topped Group B; Japan topped group A with their win over Scotland; while Wales topped Group D with an all-win record - the first time they have done so since 1987. The next post summarizes the pool standings.

5 of us had a "perfect" round but no bonus points were awarded this round because everyone got points for the 3 cancelled games. dg_dave missed the first game, but still gets a gimme point as everyone else picked Australia. He also picked USA to beat Tonga and so misses out on a perfect round. The Japan-Scotland tie split us down the middle, and the 7 who went with Scotland take the spoons for the round.

The quarterfinals will be played over the coming weekend...

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#1245690 - Mon Oct 14 2019 12:08 AM Re: Results & Standings .. iRB World Cup
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2019 iRB World Cup pool standings
    POOL APOOL B
              P W D L  PD  bp pts
    Japan 4 4 0 0 +106 3 19
    Ireland 4 3 0 1 +94 4 16
    Scotland 4 2 0 2 +64 3 11
    Samoa 4 1 0 3 –70 1 5
    Russia 4 0 0 4 –141 0 0
              P W D L  PD  bp pts
    N Zealand 4 3 1 0 +135 2 16
    S Africa 4 3 0 1 +149 3 15
    Italy 4 2 1 1 +20 2 12
    Namibia 4 0 1 3 –141 0 2
    Canada 4 0 1 3 –163 0 2
    POOL CPOOL D
              P W D L  PD  bp pts
    England 4 3 1 0 +99 3 17
    France 4 3 1 0 +28 3 15
    Argentina 4 2 0 2 +15 3 11
    Tonga 4 1 0 3 –38 2 6
    USA 4 0 0 4 –104 0 0
             P W D L  PD  bp  pts
    Wales 4 4 0 0 +67 3 19
    Australia 4 3 0 1 +68 4 16
    Fiji 4 1 0 3 +2 3 7
    Georgia 4 1 0 3 –57 1 5
    Uruguay 4 1 0 3 –80 0 4
bp = bonus pts; PD= points differential
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#1245725 - Mon Oct 14 2019 08:10 AM Re: Results & Standings .. iRB World Cup
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Sorry for being a pain in the butt, but I was hoping I might be allowed to make predictions on the Quarter Finals. If so I noticed that you have halftime and full time, so do you have to predict both, and if so what if you think it might be be a draw at h/t or f/t?
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#1245779 - Mon Oct 14 2019 06:10 PM Re: Results & Standings .. iRB World Cup
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Go ahead and lodge your picks, it's not a problem.

You can pick a draw, either at HT or at FT, or both. Good luck!

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#1245793 - Mon Oct 14 2019 09:47 PM Re: Results & Standings .. iRB World Cup
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Posts: 10142
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Llynfi, you are MOST WELCOME to join the comps at any stage...please lodge picks from round 6 onwards (you will start at the default score and will probably miss the advance picks).

I can probably still let you lodge advance picks for the finalists and winner (if others are OK with it too smile ) ... in that case, you need to do it in round 6 itself.
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#1246608 - Mon Oct 21 2019 11:35 PM Re: Results & Standings .. iRB World Cup
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Registered: Wed Jan 04 2006
Posts: 10142
Loc: Hyderabad India           
Rugby World Cup
Quarterfinals
Round 6
.
iRB World Cup
Japan
Sat 19 Oct
.
14 of 14 players lodged tips
17-9
40-16
22-0
46-14
10-19
20-19
3-5
3-26
9
10
12
13
5
11
9
12
HT - England v Australia
FT - England v Australia
HT - New Zealand v Ireland
FT - New Zealand v Ireland
HT - Wales v France
FT - Wales v France
HT - Japan v South Africa
FT - Japan v South Africa
Dizart gtho4 ozzz2002 srini701 paper_aero
Dizart gtho4 ozzz2002 Llynfi
Sypher paper_aero
Sypher
dg_dave Howie72 wwe84 George95 paper_aero
dg_dave Howie72 wwe84
Dizart gtho4 ozzz2002 Llynfi paper-aero
Sypher gtho4 `
81




Tipping Comp Standings

  position                 points      
----- ----- -------
TW LW hi-lo LW TW bp WIN FIN
----- ----- ------- hf ws -------
1 1 1-1 paper_aero 41 5 46 4 3 NZ ENG
1 2 1-2 LeoDaVinci 39 7 46 3 2 NZ ENG
1 8 1-9 George95 b 37 8 46 3 3 3 NZ ENG
4 2 2-8 srini701 39 6 45 3 2 NZ RSA
4 2 2-8 N-Bomb 38 7 45 2 1 2 NZ RSA
4 2 1-4 Howie72 38 7 45 2 2 2 NZ ENG
4 2 1-4 PaulE 38 7 45 2 2 2 NZ ENG
8 9 1-9 dg_dave 36 7 43 1 2 1 NZ AUS
9 2 1-9 Dizart 38 4 42 2 2 2 NZ AUS
10 12 7-12 wwe84 33 7 40 1 3 NZ AUS
11 -- 11-11 Llynfi d 5 38
12 12 12-13 ozzz2002 33 4 37 1 3 NZ AUS
12 10 7-12 gtho4 34 3 37 3 NZ AUS
12 11 11-12 Sypher 33 4 37 3 NZ IRE

81 24 24 19
(def) wooden spoon 31 3 34
best picks 39 8 47
perfect picks 40 8 48
bonus points 18 1 19

b = bonus point for perfect picks.
s = bonus pt for picking result solo, or one of two.
o = no one picked draw; bonus for picking upset win.
WIN = advance pick for winner.
FIN = advance pick for losing finalist.
def = default is wooden spoon score.

Weekly Leader
 

1. +2 paper_aero LeoDaVinci Dizart Howie72 PaulE George95
2. +1 paper_aero LeoDaVinci Dizart Howie72 PaulE dg_dave
3. +1 paper_aero
4. +2 paper_aero
5. +2 paper_aero
6. +1 paper_aero LeoDaVinci George95
7.
8.



            week         Hall of Fame                                Wooden Spoon

% bp |wk|
LeoDaVinci
95/104 91.1 6 | 1| 8/8 paper_aero Dizart George95 PaulE Howie72 6/8 ozzz2002 Sypher
76/104 70.1 1 | 2| 7/8 dg_dave 5/8 ozzz2002 George95 wwe84 gtho4 PaulE
87/96 90.6 3 | 3| 8/8 paper_aero srini701 N-Bomb 7/8 ozzz2002 George95 wwe84 dg_dave Dizart Sypher Howie72
98/104 94.2 8 | 4| 8/8 paper_aero srini701 N-Bomb Dizart Howie72 6/8 wwe84
George95 Howie72 LeoDaVinci PaulE
96/104 92.3 0 | 5| 8/8 paper_aero srini701 wwe84 LeoDaVinci 7/8 gtho4 George95 N-Bomb dg_dave Dizart Sypher Howie72
81/112 72.3 1 | 6| 8/8 George95 ozzz2002 3/8 gtho4 PaulE
/ . | 7| /8 /8
/ . | 8| /8 /8
| |
19 | | 24 24

The quarterfinals weren't quite up to the expectations, I guess. England blew out Australia (was it expected? or was it a surprise?) in the first quarterfinal. I realised they were telecasting the rugby world cup live in India, and watched the first half of the New Zealand-Ireland match. I don't know anything about the game, but I found it ridiculously one-sided as the New Zealanders seemed all over the Irish. I shut it off after the score read 22-0 in 30 minutes (turns out that was the half-time score too) and switched back to watching India maul the South Africans in cricket grin . Wales overturned a first-half deficit to beat France, while the hosts fought hard against South Africa but came up short.

We didn't exactly have a smooth sailing here. George95 had a perfect round, and vaults up to joint first place, while gtho4 takes a spoon and slumps to the bottom. Our comp is pretty wide open at this stage as our advance points kick in from the next round. Only 4 of us (LeoDaVinci, N-Bomb, srini701, Sypher) picked the entire set of 4 semifinalists, while only N-Bomb and srini701 are left with 2 potential live finalists. 6 of us have already lost a finalist, and at least 5 more will lose one after the semifinals. We welcome Llynfi belatedly to the comp. I offered Llynfi the chance to lodge advance picks for the finalists in round 6, but maybe (s)he didn't get me frown

The semifinals will be played over the coming weekend...



Edited by gtho4 (Tue Oct 22 2019 04:00 AM)
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#1247365 - Mon Oct 28 2019 02:00 AM Re: Results & Standings .. iRB World Cup
srini701 Offline
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Registered: Wed Jan 04 2006
Posts: 10142
Loc: Hyderabad India           
Rugby World Cup
Semifinals
Round 7
.
iRB World Cup
Japan
Sat 26 Oct
.
14 of 14 players lodged tips
10-0
19-7
6-9
16-19
-
-
-
-
0
1
11
11
13
13
4
9
HT - England v New Zealand
FT - England v New Zealand
HT - Wales v South Africa
FT - Wales v South Africa
New Zealand
England
Wales
South Africa
Nobody
Sypher smile
dg_dave ozzz2002 wwe84
ozzz2002 Sypher Llynfi
Everybody
Everybody
LeoDaVinci N-Bomb srini701 Sypher
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Tipping Comp Standings

  position                 points      
----- ----- -------
TW LW hi-lo LW TW bp WIN FIN
----- ----- ------- hf ws -------
1 1 1-2 LeoDaVinci 46 6 52 4 2 NZ ENG
2 1 1-2 paper_aero 46 5 51 4 3 NZ ENG
2 4 2-8 srini701 45 6 51 4 2 NZ RSA
2 4 2-8 N-Bomb 45 6 51 3 1 2 NZ RSA
2 1 1-9 George95 46 5 51 3 3 3 NZ ENG
6 4 1-6 Howie72 45 5 50 2 2 2 NZ ENG
6 4 1-6 PaulE 45 5 50 2 2 2 NZ ENG
8 8 1-9 dg_dave 43 3 46 1 2 1 NZ AUS
8 9 1-9 Dizart 42 4 46 2 2 2 NZ AUS
10 12 10-12 Sypher s 37 6 44 1 3 1 NZ IRE
11 10 7-12 wwe84 40 3 43 1 3 NZ AUS
12 12 7-12 gtho4 37 5 42 3 NZ AUS
13 11 11-13 Llynfi 38 3 41
14 12 12-14 ozzz2002 37 2 39 1 4 NZ AUS

62 28 25 20
(def) wooden spoon 34 2 36
best picks 47 6 53
perfect picks 48 8 56
bonus points 19 1 20

b = bonus point for perfect picks.
s = bonus pt for picking result solo, or one of two.
o = no one picked draw; bonus for picking upset win.
WIN = advance pick for winner.
FIN = advance pick for losing finalist.
def = default is wooden spoon score.

Weekly Leader
 

1. +2 paper_aero LeoDaVinci Dizart Howie72 PaulE George95
2. +1 paper_aero LeoDaVinci Dizart Howie72 PaulE dg_dave
3. +1 paper_aero
4. +2 paper_aero
5. +2 paper_aero
6. +1 paper_aero LeoDaVinci George95
7. +1 LeoDaVinci
8.



            week         Hall of Fame                                Wooden Spoon

% bp |wk|
LeoDaVinci
95/104 91.1 6 | 1| 8/8 paper_aero Dizart George95 PaulE Howie72 6/8 ozzz2002 Sypher
76/104 70.1 1 | 2| 7/8 dg_dave 5/8 ozzz2002 George95 wwe84 gtho4 PaulE
87/96 90.6 3 | 3| 8/8 paper_aero srini701 N-Bomb 7/8 ozzz2002 George95 wwe84 dg_dave Dizart Sypher Howie72
98/104 94.2 8 | 4| 8/8 paper_aero srini701 N-Bomb Dizart Howie72 6/8 wwe84
George95 Howie72 LeoDaVinci PaulE
96/104 92.3 0 | 5| 8/8 paper_aero srini701 wwe84 LeoDaVinci 7/8 gtho4 George95 N-Bomb dg_dave Dizart Sypher Howie72
81/112 72.3 1 | 6| 8/8 George95 ozzz2002 3/8 gtho4 PaulE
62/118 52.5 1 | 7| 6/8 LeoDaVinci srini701 N-Bomb Sypher 2/8 ozzz2002
/ . | 8| /8 /8
| |
20 | | 28 25

England put on an imperious display of defensive prowess to shatter New Zealand's dreams of a hat-trick of world titles. In the other semifinals, South Africa reached their third World Cup finals, holding off a gritty Wales. South Africa have never lost a World Cup finals and their last World Cup win in 2007 was at the expense of England....we are in for a tenacious finals on Nov 2.

With New Zealand out, we are all left fighting for a maximum of 4 points in the finals (some of us only for 3 points), which means our podium will be from those with 50 points and above only. 4 of us picked the semifinal lot for 4 advance points and Sypher added a sole pick bonus for picking England, but he left it too late...I allowed our newcomer Llynfi 2 advance pick points as everyone of us picked both New Zealand and England.

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#1248297 - Mon Nov 04 2019 01:18 AM Re: Results & Standings .. iRB World Cup
srini701 Offline
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Registered: Wed Jan 04 2006
Posts: 10142
Loc: Hyderabad India           
Rugby World Cup
Finals
Round 8
.
iRB World Cup
Japan
Sat 2 Nov
.
14 of 14 players lodged tips
40-17
6-12
12-32
Finalist 1
Finalist 2
+3 or +1
12
6
6
4
3
0
Bronze match - New Zealand v Wales
HT - England v South Africa
FT - England v South Africa
England
South Africa
South Africa
Llynfi
Dizart dg_dave Howie72 N-Bomb ozzz2002 paper_aero
Dizart dg_dave Howie72 N-Bomb srini701 Llynfi
George95 Howie72 LeoDaVinci paper_aero PaulE
N-Bomb srini701
Nobody `
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Tipping Comp Standings

  position                 points      
----- ----- -------
TW LW hi-lo LW TW bp WIN FIN
----- ----- ------- hf ws -------
2 4 2-8 N-Bomb 51 4 55 4 1 2 NZ RSA
2 1 1-2 paper_aero 51 3 54 4 3 NZ ENG
1 1 1-2 LeoDaVinci 52 2 54 4 2 NZ ENG
2 4 2-8 srini701 51 3 54 4 2 NZ RSA
6 4 1-6 Howie72 50 4 54 3 2 2 NZ ENG
2 1 1-9 George95 51 2 53 3 3 3 NZ ENG
6 4 1-6 PaulE 50 2 52 2 2 2 NZ ENG
8 9 1-9 Dizart 46 3 49 2 2 2 NZ AUS
8 8 1-9 dg_dave 46 2 48 1 2 1 NZ AUS
10 12 10-12 Sypher 44 1 45 1 4 1 NZ IRE
11 10 7-12 wwe84 43 1 44 1 4 NZ AUS
12 12 7-12 gtho4 42 1 43 4 NZ AUS
13 11 11-13 Llynfi 41 1 42 1
14 12 12-14 ozzz2002 39 2 41 1 4 NZ AUS

31 30 29 20
(def) wooden spoon 36 1 37
best picks 53 4 57
perfect picks 56 8 64
bonus points 20 0 20

b = bonus point for perfect picks.
s = bonus pt for picking result solo, or one of two.
o = no one picked draw; bonus for picking upset win.
WIN = advance pick for winner.
FIN = advance pick for losing finalist.
def = default is wooden spoon score.

Weekly Leader
 

1. +2 paper_aero LeoDaVinci Dizart Howie72 PaulE George95
2. +1 paper_aero LeoDaVinci Dizart Howie72 PaulE dg_dave
3. +1 paper_aero
4. +2 paper_aero
5. +2 paper_aero
6. +1 paper_aero LeoDaVinci George95
7. +1 LeoDaVinci
8. +1 N-Bomb



            week         Hall of Fame                                Wooden Spoon

% bp |wk|
LeoDaVinci
95/104 91.1 6 | 1| 8/8 paper_aero Dizart George95 PaulE Howie72 6/8 ozzz2002 Sypher
76/104 70.1 1 | 2| 7/8 dg_dave 5/8 ozzz2002 George95 wwe84 gtho4 PaulE
87/96 90.6 3 | 3| 8/8 paper_aero srini701 N-Bomb 7/8 ozzz2002 George95 wwe84 dg_dave Dizart Sypher Howie72
98/104 94.2 8 | 4| 8/8 paper_aero srini701 N-Bomb Dizart Howie72 6/8 wwe84
George95 Howie72 LeoDaVinci PaulE
96/104 92.3 0 | 5| 8/8 paper_aero srini701 wwe84 LeoDaVinci 7/8 gtho4 George95 N-Bomb dg_dave Dizart Sypher Howie72
81/112 72.3 1 | 6| 8/8 George95 ozzz2002 3/8 gtho4 PaulE
62/118 52.5 1 | 7| 6/8 LeoDaVinci srini701 N-Bomb Sypher 2/8 ozzz2002
/ . | 8| /8 /8
| |
20 | | 28 25

South Africa win the World Cup for the third time. They won it in 1995, 12 years later in 2007, and 12 years later once more in 2019. The last time around, they beat England 15-6 and this time, nearly doubled the scores, to 32-12. The 20-point margin of victory is the biggest since 1999 when Australia beat France 35-12. South Africa also set another rugby world cup record - No team has ever lost a World Cup game and then gone on to win the World Cup - South Africa lost their opening pool game this time to New Zealand. Kudos and Congratulations to the new World Champions!

For what it is worth, New Zealand signed off their campaign with a consolation win over Wales to take the 3rd place.

N-Bomb wins our competition by a one-point margin after sticking faithfully with South Africa. paper_aero takes the silver medal on a better tie-break score (more bonus points), while nothing could separate our bronze medallists, LeoDaVinci and srini701. Howie72 just falls short of a podium place.

srini701 blew his chances away of winning this competition outright by picking "England" to lead at half-time. He had a better tie-break score than N-Bomb, but wavered while lodging his final picks .... and paid the price frown

Here's hoping newcomer Llynfi will continue to join other tipping comps here as well....Thank you all for this edition...till the next time then...

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