First blood (part one)

First Blood is a movie about a Viet Nam veteran who wages war against the local police that run him out of town. The vet justifies his actions with the famous line “They drew first blood, not me.

This post examines the affect of scoring first in rugby 7s. Does the first score predict the eventual match winner or margin of victory? Do the same patterns hold true in knockout and pool play?

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Superbowl infographic: applicable to rugby?

Today I stumbled across infojocks, a graphic studio specializing in sports infographics and data visualization. This infographic is a complete box score of the 2013 NFL Super Bowl. The author discusses the graphic on This graphic is both informative and intuitive because it leverages a familiar metaphor (the clock) to communicate a variety of simple statistics.

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