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    Depending on how many games are included, then the top hammering could actually account for the whole decrease.

    If there's 5 games - and I don't know what the sample is - then going from 142-0 to 63-0 in one game reduce the 2003 average from -45 to -29. Then in 2007, reducing one game from 108-13 to 63-0 reduces the average defeat margin from -39 to -30. In 2011, 87-0 to 63-0 over 5 games reduces the margin from -38 to -33.

    So in that case - and again, there's probably more than 5 games involved - it'd just be one hammering reducing, and everything else staying the same. Even if there's 15 games, it would account for a good chunk of the reduction.

    Is there a Tier 3 at all? Or is Tier 2 everyone from Japan to Russia?

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    24 Tier 1 v Tier 2 games in the current 20 team format. It's not an exact science but shows a general trend - not much movement in last 4 years.

    The 10 teams in the six nations / Rugby Championship are considered Tier 1 - the rest are considered Tier 2 but thatís really more for discussion purposes as only the top 10 teams in the world get regular guaranteed competition against other Tier 1 nations - World Rugby doesn't classify teams as such AFAIK.
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    Ok, 24 is a lot more than I'd have thought. So getting rid of the absolute whippings will help, but it's a valid trend overall. Albeit, as noted, one that indicates little more than better defensive organisation

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    The knives out yesterday and this morning. Ireland were shocking, even if New Zealand were their usual selves. It was rather like that English game in the 6N this year I thought, in that the Irish were bullied from the moment the game began, and never recovered.

    Wales/France was a great watch I thought. Crazy elbow for the red, and it was nice and tense up to the end. Wales got away with it.
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    Totally comprehensive too. Well deserved.

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