Well, take a good look at my face
You see my smile looks out of place
If you look closer it’s easy to trace
The tracks of my tears
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Lots of tracks, no tears…
Many thanks to Sam for updaing the Points Tracker to include all 7 of the Championship games so far played.
For those of you unaware of who Sam is, he’s my long-suffering son – an even more avid (and far more knowledgeable) Cov supporter than I am.
The Points Tracker kind of does what it says on the tin, namely tracks the win/draw/bonus points earned against teams in the Championship this season with those in the corresponding fixtures last season so you can quickly determine the progress (or otherwise) year-on-year. It does not include Cup games.
So, after the win against Nottingham at the weekend, in the 7 games played this season we have taken 8 more points than from the same games last season (swapping Newcastle for London Irish this time round)– which is further proof, if proof were needed, of the progress Cov are currently making.
It also reinforces just how important the loss/gain of a bonus point could be.
|Values||Matches||18/19 Points||19/20 Points|
A slightly more detailed version of the table can be found below, breaking the points tracker down game by game. The only real blip is that opening game against Jersey, other than that we fared at least as well in every game.
|Date||Home/Away||Vs||18/19 Points||19/20 Points|
I just feel it’s a really useful, and simple, way of tracking the club’s progress (or otherwise) and if there are any doubters still out there, then this is the kind of information that should put their worries to rest, at least for the time being.
Sam must be suffering from an overdose of bonhomie at the moment as he has also updated the average player ratings (see below). These include all the ratings, for both the Cup and Championship, as they appeared in The Rugby Paper. It comes with a slight caveat in that when games are played on a Sunday, no ratings are available (for obvious reasons), so there are two sets of ratings missing – those for Yorkshire Carnegie and Newcastle Falcons.
The average ratings do make it possible to check player form, in very general terms, over the course of the season.
I appreciate they are a) subjective – being the view solely of the person at TRP compiling them and b) include both players who have started games and those who have come off the bench, which is the reason why Sam has separated them into ‘Start’ and ‘Sub'(stitute) columns, in addition to providing the overall rating.
The longer the season goes on, the more interesting the data will become, but already certain players are showing greater consistency and better form than others. Just how much they confirm or otherwise readers’ own views I’m not sure, but certainly had someone asked me to list the players whose performances might be in the top six or eight in the table, I don’t think I would have been too far out.
It would be interesting to hear what others feel.
With the MVP poll results due out from tomorrow onwards, I wonder how close they will match up with these ratings?
Anyway, as always I am indebted to Sam for his efforts – I’d still be trying to add up individual scores on a calculator had it been left to me.
|Start||Sub||Total Average of Rating||Total Appearances|
|Name||Avg. Rating||Starts||Avg. Rating||Off the Bench|
Sue is very much a Motown sort of girl.
This one is for her…apologies for the absence of the Miracles.
The man’s still got it….