Super 15 Rugby Round 13 Preview and Fantasy Rugby Guide

For Super Rugby fans, the competition is at the halfway stage with ten rounds giving tipsters an opportunity to get a gauge on the form horses for 2015.

Super 15 Rugby Round 1 2015 left a lot of people red faced with most tipsters picking between two and three winners out of seven games.  Things have got more predictable since then with Round 11 featuring no upsets at all, but Round 12 showed us with three upsets out of seven matches, that you must be prepared for at least one upset per round.

The average winning margin in Super Rugby Round 12 was 10 points meaning that the overall average is now 11 points, while the most popular margins are 1,2, 5, 7 and 12.

Last round four out of seven teams that lost matches did so by seven points or less, meaning that in nearly half of games (39 out of 80) the winning margin has been between 1 and 7 points.

Over 50 percent of games have been won by the home team in 2015 with 45 home wins from 80 games. In contrast to Super Rugby Round 10, there were six out of seven games won by the home team in Super Rugby Round 11 and 12. Will the overall statistic of 71 percent of home wins set in 2014 be matched? It is hard to know if it is simply because of the draw or if this trend looks set to continue. Although less home referees may also have something to do with this.

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Super Rugby Round 13 Fantasy Rugby Guide – Six Bargains!

For those playing fantasy rugby game, we are also naming players to watch. You can also join the Super Rugby Tips conference at SuperBru.  It is difficult to afford a team if playing salary cap fantasy rugby, so you may have to buy bargains, but there are enough new players in Super Rugby 2015 to give you some options.  2015 seems tough to fill a squad without going over budget. The key is to sell players who have the bye straight away and buy them back early.

In fantasy rugby game there are some problems.

Firstly, with limited trades you have to allow for international players being rested.

Managers have to look long-term with some teams like the Highlanders having had the bye twice.

There are plenty of injuries too, so it is important to check the Super Rugby team lists.

If you run out of trades then you have to minimise the damage with locks probably the lowest scoring position to have a non player in. Also if you are keeping players who have the bye or are injured, make sure you keep the cheapest players as their values will drop less and they won’t take up as much of the salary cap. In some games like you can buy trades if you are desperate. Continue reading Super Rugby Round 13 Fantasy Rugby Guide – Six Bargains!

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Super Rugby Round 12 Team of the Round – Slade or Barrett?

The Super Rugby Round 12 Form XV Team of the Week is here with statistics from fantasy rugby website based on their statistical definitions.  Round 12 will be noted as a round with some amazing individual performances with players scoring higher than usual points.  Another interesting fact is that there are plenty of bargain priced players, so you don’t have to break the bank to get value for money purchases.

Colin Slade made the Team of the Round ahead of Beauden Barrett and some other well performed first five eighths including Christian Lealiifano.

Slade was nearly the best performed player of the round according to statistics with one try, one assist, two linebreaks, five go-forwards, eight tackles, one lineout, eight catches and five goals.  It made a big difference having Slade kicking goals.  Could he start for the All Blacks ahead of Barrett?

Barrett also rated highly according to statistical definitions with one try, four linebreaks, five go-forwards, one turnover, seven tackles, one catch and four goals, although Barrett looks to have sustained an injury, so don’t rush out to buy him yet! Continue reading Super Rugby Round 12 Team of the Round – Slade or Barrett?

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