A look at the stats pages, people will often take note of the points difference column (PD). This is calculated by taking the total points your team have scored , points for (PF), and subtracting the total amount of points scored against your team, points against (PA). PD=PF-PA. Similarly we can calculate the try difference (TD). TD=TF-TA.
Of the four teams involved in the semi-finals of the RWC 2015 New Zealand had the largest TD for the tournament with 30. Australia had the second highest TD with 21. These of course are the two teams that are going to contest the final.
If you met someone who knew nothing about rugby and you had to explain to them what the point of rugby is, how would you explain it to them in the simplest way? I would say to them, your team wants to score as many tries as possible and prevent their opponents from scoring any tries.
So let’s look at it from this simple explanation. New Zealand have scored 34 tries so far in the 2015 RWC, that is more than any of the other semi-finalists. Who scored the least amount of tries out of the four semi-finalists? South Africa with 24 tries.
New Zealand have had the least amount of tries scored against them in the tournament with a measly 4 tries. Who had the most tries scored against them out of the four semi-finalists? Argentina had the most with 13 tries being scored against them.
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From the table below, we can deduce, South Africa need to score more tries and Argentina need to stop tries being scored against them. New Zealand are getting it right while the Aussies are next best.
. TF TA TD
New Zealand 34 4 30
Australia 26 5 21
South Africa 24 7 17
Argentina 26 13 13