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The top four remain the same as before the Christmas period, so it’s Ballymena Academy (5) who we encounter as the first re-positioned team of the table having secured victories against two of the aforementioned teams, namely Wallace HS (2) and RS Armagh (3). Slightly further down RBAI (7) climbed back up two places with their win over Bangor GS (19) as did BRA (10) who most definitely need a mention with three successive victories over RS Armagh, Campbell College (8) and Enniskillen Royal (4) – talk about peaking in the right half of the season!

As for those teams involved in Round 2 of the 1st XV Cup this weekend, fixtures are given below along with the current ranking of each time:

1stXV Cup – Round 2
Belfast HS (14) v Strabane Academy (32)
Cambridge House (20) v Banbridge Academy (28)
Carrickfergus GS (31) v Down HS (17)
Dromore HS (22) v Regent House (21)
Grosvenor GS (24) v Friends’ SL (18)
Limavady GS (26) v Larne GS (23)
Lurgan College (25) v Foyle College (30)

Ulster Schools Rugby Rankings 2018/19 – Week 7

  Team Win Ratio Opponent Rating Score Season Rating Previous Position
1 Methodist College 1.000 0.562 746 0.953 1
2 Wallace HS 0.808 0.604 647 0.851 2
3 RS Armagh 0.769 0.572 605 0.806 3
4 Enniskillen Royal 0.818 0.491 572 0.770 4
5 Ballymena Academy 0.692 0.565 542 0.737 6
6 Sullivan Upper 0.636 0.610 540 0.732 5
7 RBAI 0.500 0.655 485 0.674 9
8 Campbell College 0.545 0.581 472 0.658 7
9 Portadown College 0.636 0.578 469 0.652 8
10 Belfast Royal Academy 0.600 0.587 458 0.638 12
11 RS Dungannon 0.571 0.525 404 0.582 13
12 Rainey ES 0.538 0.553 404 0.579 10
13 Dalriada 0.692 0.417 402 0.574 11
14 Ballyclare HS 0.538 0.506 368 0.537 16
15 Coleraine GS 0.467 0.569 361 0.527 15
16 Omagh Academy 0.433 0.582 350 0.513 14
17 Down HS 0.500 0.544 313 0.473 19
18 Friends’ School 0.571 0.454 307 0.464 17
19 Bangor GS 0.357 0.594 306 0.461 18
20 Cambridge House 0.500 0.422 258 0.410 22
21 Regent House 0.400 0.542 251 0.399 20
22 Dromore HS 0.417 0.509 242 0.388 23
23 Larne GS 0.556 0.348 238 0.381 21
24 Grosvenor GS 0.308 0.498 189 0.329 24
25 Lurgan College 0.500 0.305 189 0.326 25
26 Limavady GS 0.350 0.384 156 0.290 26
27 Belfast HS 0.222 0.439 125 0.256 27
28 Banbridge Academy 0.182 0.511 112 0.240 28
29 Wellington College 0.250 0.336 107 0.232 30
30 Foyle College 0.136 0.579 102 0.225 29
31 Carrickfergus GS 0.167 0.370 81 0.201 31
32 Strabane Academy 0.500 0.109 77 0.193 32
33 Antrim GS 0.000 0.365 0 0.111 33

 

Ulster Schools Rugby Scores

Given below, to the best of our knowledge, is a full list of results for each Ulster Schools Rugby 1stXV that participates in the Schools’ Cup competition; it does not include training/controlled matches, opponents from outside of Ulster, non-schools’ teams or games against teams who are not 1stXV EXCEPT for ‘Select’ squads, indicated by an asterisk *.

Any letters/numbers appearing in brackets () after a result indicates that it was a competitive fixture; the letter (c,p,b,t) gives the form of competition (cup, plate, bowl, trophy) and the number (1-4,q,s,f) indicates the round at which it was played.

If you feel that any information is missing/incorrect, please leave a comment at the bottom stating the correct details along with any ‘evidence’ (website, match report, player) to support your claim.

Antrim GS (ANT)
8th Sep, Away v WEL: 28-8 L
12th Sep, Home v RSA*: 24-40 L
22nd Sep, Away v LUR: 27-12 L
29th Sep, Home v DAL: 12-76 L
6th Oct, Away v CMB: 56-7 L
20th Oct, Away v LAR: 50-14 L
15th Dec, Home v CAR: 10-24 L (c1)

Ballyclare HS (BCL)
1st Sep, Away v BMA: 26-12 L
8th Sep, Away v BRA: 11-12 W
15th Sep, Home v CCB: 10-24 L
26th Sep, Home v RBAI: 3-57 L
6th Oct, Away v BEL: 7-59 W
13th Oct, Away v BGS: 12-7 L
24th Oct, Home v GRO: 42-7 W
10th Nov, Home v CMB: 29-19 W
17th Nov, Home v BGS: 20-28 L
24th Nov, Home v DAL: 26-24 W
1st Dec, Away v FSL: 25-32 W
8th Dec, Home v MCB: 0-38 L
5th Jan, Home v RES: 41-19 W

Ballymena Academy (BMA)
1st Sep, Home v BCL: 26-12 W
8th Sep, Away v WHS: 19-16 L
22nd Sep, Home v BGS: 33-14 W
29th Sep, Away v COL: 13-15 W
6th Oct, Away v MCB: 54-8 L
13th Oct, Home v BRA: 10-8 W
14th Nov, Away v RES: 22-24 W
24th Nov, Away v DWN: 16-48 W
30th Nov, Away v WHS: 10-3 L
7th Dec, Home v CCB: 8-7 W
15th Dec, Home v DAL: 5-0 W
29th Dec, Home v WHS: 30-12 W
5th Jan, Home v RSA: 6-14 L

Banbridge Academy (BANB)
21st Sep, Away v OMA: 59-0 L
29th Sep, Home v ENN: 0-41 L
6th Oct, Away v LUR: 12-38 W
13th Oct, Away v LIM: 5-14 W
20th Oct, Home v COL: 0-26 L
24th Oct, Away v DRO: 37-15 L
17th Nov, Home v FSL: 3-35 L
23rd Nov, Home v GRO: 5-28 L
1st Dec, Away v RSD: 43-0 L
8th Dec, Home v BRA: 12-50 L
29th Dec, Home v LUR: 15-43 L

Bangor GS (BGS)
8th Sep, Home v RSA: 7-12 L
22nd Sep, Away v BMA: 33-14 L
29th Sep, Home v BEL: 66-24 W
6th Oct, Away v SUL: 33-10 L
13th Oct, Home v BCL: 12-7 W
24th Oct, Away v CCB: 42-40 L
27th Oct, Away v COL: 23-12 L
3rd Nov, Home v BRA: 26-33 L
17th Nov, Away v BCL: 20-28 W
24th Nov, Away v FSL: 29-47 W
1st Dec, Away v DAL: 24-10 L
8th Dec, Home v WHS: 0-31 L
15th Dec, Home v DRO: 33-0 W
22nd Dec, Away v RBAI: 40-17 L

Belfast HS (BEL)
15th Sep, Home v CAR: 43-7 W
22nd Sep, Home v PDC: 24-43 L
29th Sep, Away v BGS: 66-24 L
6th Oct, Home v BCL: 7-59 L
13th Oct, Away v LAR: 28-12 L
20th Oct, Home v FSL: 15-40 L
17th Nov, Away v CAR: 5-10 W
1st Dec, Home v REG: 19-29 L
5th Jan, Home v GRO: 22-30 L

Belfast Royal Academy (BRA)
8th Sep, Home v BCL: 11-12 L
15th Sep, Home v LIM: 62-0 W
22nd Sep, Away v MCB: 33-13 L
29th Sep, Away v SUL: 26-16 L
6th Oct, Home v WHS: 15-45 L
13th Oct, Away v BMA: 10-8 L
3rd Nov, Away v BGS: 26-33 W
10th Nov, Home v DWN: 19-23 L
17th Nov, Away v DAL: 12-28 W
24th Nov, Away v REG: 9-53 W
1st Dec, Home v COL: 39-22 W
8th Dec, Away v BANB: 12-50 W
19th Dec, Home v RSA: 12-10 W
28th Dec, Home v CCB: 19-17 W
5th Jan, Home v ENN: 22-19 W

Cambridge House (CMB)
8th Sep, Home v COL: 26-26 D
15th Sep, Away v FSL: 53-3 L
22nd Sep, Home v DAL: 0-31 L
6th Oct, Home v ANT: 56-7 W
13th Oct, Away v CAR: 18-24 W
20th Oct, Away v DAL: 26-7 L
27th Oct, Away v RES: 53-14 L
10th Nov, Away v BCL: 29-19 L
17th Nov, Away v LIM: 3-41 W
24th Nov, Home v DRO: 22-25 L
1st Dec, Home v LUR: 49-0 W
20th Dec, Away v FLC: 15-31 W
5th Jan, Home v CAR: 61-10 W

Campbell College Belfast (CCB)
15th Sep, Away v BCL: 10-24 W
22nd Sep, Away v WHS: 31-14 L
3rd Oct, Away v REG: 17-43 W
13th Oct, Home v COL: 20-5 W
24th Oct, Home v BGS: 42-40 W
10th Nov, Away v GRO: 13-33 W
16th Nov, Home v RBAI: 30-13 W
23rd Nov, Home v SUL: 15-16 L
30th Nov, Home v MCB: 14-26 L
7th Dec, Away v BMA: 8-7 L
28th Dec, Away v BRA: 19-17 L

Carrickfergus GS (CAR)
8th Sep, Home v LAR: 0-7 L
15th Sep, Away v BEL: 43-7 L
22nd Sep, Away v LIM: 16-10 L
29th Sep, Home v LUR: 25-5 W
6th Oct, Away v FLC: 22-10 L
13th Oct, Home v CMB: 18-24 L
20th Oct, Away v GRO: 36-15 L
17th Nov, Home v BEL: 5-10 L
24th Nov, Away v LAR: 36-0 L
28th Nov, Away v WEL: 29-19 L
15th Dec, Away v ANT: 10-24 W (c1)
5th Jan, Away v CMB: 61-10 L

Coleraine GS (COL)
8th Sep, Away v CMB: 26-26 D
15th Sep, Home v OMA: 10-10 D
29th Sep, Home v BMA: 13-15 L
6th Oct, Home v RBAI: 6-15 L
13th Oct, Away v CCB: 20-5 L
20th Oct, Away v BANB: 0-26 W
27th Oct, Home v BGS: 23-12 W
10th Nov, Away v ENN: 19-8 L
17th Nov, Away v MCB: 45-0 L
24th Nov, Home v RSD: 29-24 W
1st Dec, Away v BRA: 39-22 W
4th Dec, Away v FLC: 7-49 W
8th Dec, Home v RES: 27-14 W
22nd Dec, Away v WHS: 24-5 L
5th Jan, Home v SUL: 17-14 W

Dalriada (DAL)
8th Sep, Away v GRO: 14-31 W
15th Sep, Away v RES: 56-7 L
22nd Sep, Away v CMB: 0-31 W
29th Sep, Away v ANT: 12-76 W
13th Oct, Home v FLC: 48-0 W
17th Oct, Home v LAR: 59-0 W
20th Oct, Home v CMB: 26-7 W
10th Nov, Home v REG: 36-0 W
17th Nov, Home v BRA: 12-28 L
24th Nov, Away v BCL: 26-24 L
1st Dec, Home v BGS: 24-10 W
8th Dec, Home v LIM: 52-0 W
15th Dec, Away v BMA: 5-0 L

Down HS (DWN)
8th Sep, Away v OMA: 15-18 W
15th Sep, Away v GRO: 10-36 W
22nd Sep, Home v SUL: 3-28 L
29th Sep, Away v RSA: 52-19 L
6th Oct, Home v PDC: 17-37 L
13th Oct, Away v DRO: 0-52 W
10th Nov, Away v BRA: 19-23 W
17th Nov, Away v REG: 22-44 W
24th Nov, Home v BMA: 16-48 L
8th Dec, Home v FSL: 13-37 L

Dromore HS (DRO)
15th Sep, Home v LUR: 34-7 W
26th Sep, Home v FSL: 15-23 L
29th Sep, Away v REG: 55-12 L
13th Oct, Home v DWN: 0-52 L
20th Oct, Home v PDC: 0-56 L
24th Oct, Home v BANB: 37-15 W
10th Nov, Away v RES: 40-7 L
17th Nov, Away v RSD: 38-12 L
24th Nov, Away v CMB: 22-25 W
1st Dec, Home v LAR: 33-0 W
15th Dec, Away v BGS: 33-0 L
29th Dec, Home v GRO: 24-21 W

Enniskillen Royal (ENN)
8th Sep, Home v FLC: 40-0 W
15th Sep, Home v REG: 34-0 W
22nd Sep, Home v RSA: 11-7 W
29th Sep, Away v BANB: 0-41 W
6th Oct, Away v RES: 15-7 L
13th Oct, Away v RSD: 10-35 W
20th Oct, Away v FLC: 0-31 W
10th Nov, Home v COL: 19-8 W
17th Nov, Away v PDC: 19-71 W
15th Dec, Home v OMA: 15-0 W
5th Jan, Away v BRA: 22-19 L

Foyle College (FLC)
8th Sep, Away v ENN: 40-0 L
22nd Sep, Home v RES: 0-28 L
29th Sep, Away v RSD: 40-17 L
3rd Oct, Home v LIM: 5-5 D
6th Oct, Home v CAR: 22-10 W
13th Oct, Away v DAL: 48-0 L
17th Oct, Home v LIM: 17-36 L
20th Oct, Home v ENN: 0-31 L
30th Nov, Away v OMA: 36-10 L
4th Dec, Home v COL: 7-49 L
20th Dec, Home v CMB: 15-31 L

Friends’ School Lisburn (FSL)
8th Sep, Away v RSD: 24-8 L
15th Sep, Home v CMB: 53-3 W
26th Sep, Away v DRO: 15-23 W
29th Sep, Away v LAR: 8-21 W
6th Oct, Home v GRO: 29-7 W
13th Oct, Home v OMA: 30-24 W
20th Oct, Away v BEL: 15-40 W
24th Oct, Home v RSD: 17-29 L
17th Nov, Away v BANB: 3-35 W
24th Nov, Home v BGS: 29-47 L
1st Dec, Home v BCL: 25-32 L
8th Dec, Away v DWN: 13-37 W
29th Dec, Home v SUL: 26-38 L
5th Jan, Away v PDC: 53-0 L

Grosvenor GS (GRO)
8th Sep, Home v DAL: 14-31 L
15th Sep, Home v DWN: 10-36 L
22nd Sep, Home v RSD: 0-40 L
6th Oct, Away v FSL: 29-7 L
13th Oct, Home v REG: 5-7 L
20th Oct, Home v CAR: 36-15 W
24th Oct, Away v BCL: 42-7 L
10th Nov, Home v CCB: 13-33 L
17th Nov, Home v LAR: 27-12 W
23rd Nov, Away v BANB: 5-28 W
8th Dec, Away v LUR: 12-7 L
29th Dec, Away v DRO: 24-21 L
5th Jan, Away v BEL: 22-30 W

Larne GS (LAR)
8th Sep, Away v CAR: 0-7 W
15th Sep, Home v WEL: 47-0 W
29th Sep, Home v FSL: 8-21 L
13th Oct, Home v BEL: 28-12 W
17th Oct, Away v DAL: 59-0 L
20th Oct, Home v ANT: 50-14 W
17th Nov, Away v GRO: 27-12 L
24th Nov, Home v CAR: 36-0 W
1st Dec, Away v DRO: 33-0 L

Limavady GS (LIM)
15th Sep, Away v BRA: 62-0 L
22nd Sep, Home v CAR: 16-10 W
3rd Oct, Away v FLC: 5-5 D
6th Oct, Home v STR: 37-22 W
13th Oct, Home v BANB: 5-14 L
17th Oct, Away v FLC: 17-36 W
7th Nov, Home v OMA: 0-39 L
14th Nov, Home v SUL*: 14-34 L
17th Nov, Home v CMB: 3-41 L
8th Dec, Away v DAL: 52-0 L

Lurgan College (LUR)
15th Sep, Away v DRO: 34-7 L
22nd Sep, Home v ANT: 27-12 W
29th Sep, Away v CAR: 25-5 L
6th Oct, Home v BANB: 12-38 L
10th Oct, Home v WEL: 39-21 W
27th Oct, Away v OMA: 13-12 L
1st Dec, Away v CMB: 49-0 L
4th Dec, Away v WEL: 7-12 W
8th Dec, Home v GRO: 12-7 W
29th Dec, Away v BANB: 15-43 W

Methodist College Belfast (MCB)
22nd Sep, Home v BRA: 33-13 W
28th Sep, Home v OMA: 41-8 W
6th Oct, Home v BMA: 54-8 W
13th Oct, Away v RBAI: 10-19 W
10th Nov, Home v SUL: 52-3 W
17th Nov, Home v COL: 45-0 W
24th Nov, Home v WHS: 38-8 W
30th Nov, Away v CCB: 14-26 W
8th Dec, Away v BCL: 0-38 W

Omagh Academy (OMA)
8th Sep, Home v DWN: 15-18 L
15th Sep, Away v COL: 10-10 D
21st Sep, Home v BANB: 59-0 W
28th Sep, Away v MCB: 41-8 L
6th Oct, Home v RSD: 17-16 W
13th Oct, Away v FSL: 30-24 L
20th Oct, Home v RSA: 8-39 L
24th Oct, Home v STR: 29-0 W
27th Oct, Home v LUR: 13-12 W
7th Nov, Away v LIM: 0-39 W
17th Nov, Away v WHS: 34-12 L
30th Nov, Home v FLC: 36-10 W
8th Dec, Away v PDC: 19-17 L
15th Dec, Away v ENN: 15-0 L
29th Dec, Away v RES: 29-8 L

Portadown College (PDC)
22nd Sep, Away v BEL: 24-43 W
29th Sep, Home v RES: 26-22 W
6th Oct, Away v DWN: 17-37 W
13th Oct, Home v RSA: 5-33 L
20th Oct, Away v DRO: 0-56 W
3rd Nov, Away v WHS: 44-24 L
17th Nov, Home v ENN: 19-71 L
24th Nov, Away* v WEL: 5-31 W
8th Dec, Home v OMA: 19-17 W
29th Dec, Away v RSD: 38-7 L
5th Jan, Home v FSL: 53-0 W

Rainey ES (RES)
8th Sep, Away v REG: 19-14 L
15th Sep, Home v DAL: 56-7 W
22nd Sep, Away v FLC: 0-28 W
29th Sep, Away v PDC: 26-22 L
6th Oct, Home v ENN: 15-7 W
27th Oct, Home v CMB: 53-14 W
5th Nov, Home v RSD: 21-12 W
10th Nov, Home v DRO: 40-7 W
14th Nov, Home v BMA: 22-24 L
1st Dec, Home v RSA: 6-26 L
8th Dec, Away v COL: 27-14 L
29th Dec, Home v OMA: 29-8 W
5th Jan, Away v BCL: 41-19 L

RBAI (RBAI)
26th Sep, Away v BCL: 3-57 W
6th Oct, Away v COL: 6-15 W
13th Oct, Home v MCB: 10-19 L
16th Nov, Away v CCB: 30-13 L
24th Nov, Home v RSA: 10-22 L
15th Dec, Away v WHS: 6-6 D
22nd Dec, Home v BGS: 40-17 W

Regent House (REG)
8th Sep, Home v RES: 19-14 W
15th Sep, Away v ENN: 34-0 L
29th Sep, Home v DRO: 55-12 W
3rd Oct, Home v CCB: 17-43 L
13th Oct, Away v GRO: 5-7 W
10th Nov, Away v DAL: 36-0 L
17th Nov, Home v DWN: 22-44 L
24th Nov, Home v BRA: 9-53 L
1st Dec, Away v BEL: 19-29 W
8th Dec, Away v RSD: 20-14 L

RS Armagh (RSA)
8th Sep, Away v BGS: 7-12 W
12th Sep, Away* v ANT: 24-40 W
22nd Sep, Away v ENN: 11-7 L
26th Sep, Away v RSD: 10-52 W
29th Sep, Home v DWN: 52-19 W
13th Oct, Away v PDC: 5-33 W
20th Oct, Away v OMA: 8-39 W
9th Nov, Home v WHS: 3-10 L
24th Nov, Away v RBAI: 10-22 W
1st Dec, Away v RES: 6-26 W
4th Dec, Home v SUL: 17-7 W
19th Dec, Away v BRA: 12-10 L
5th Jan, Away v BMA: 6-14 W

RS Dungannon (RSD)
8th Sep, Home v FSL: 24-8 W
15th Sep, Home v SUL: 18-26 L
22nd Sep, Away v GRO: 0-40 W
26th Sep, Home v RSA: 10-52 L
29th Sep, Home v FLC: 40-17 W
6th Oct, Away v OMA: 17-16 L
13th Oct, Home v ENN: 10-35 L
24th Oct, Away v FSL: 17-29 W
5th Nov, Away v RES: 21-12 L
17th Nov, Home v DRO: 38-12 W
24th Nov, Away v COL: 29-24 L
1st Dec, Home v BANB: 43-0 W
8th Dec, Home v REG: 20-14 W
29th Dec, Home v PDC: 38-7 W

Strabane Academy (STR)
29th Sep, Away v WEL: 17-26 W
6th Oct, Away v LIM: 37-22 L
24th Oct, Away v OMA: 29-0 L
15th Dec, Home v WEL: 21-17 W (c1)

Sullivan Upper (SUL)
15th Sep, Away v RSD: 18-26 W
22nd Sep, Away v DWN: 3-28 W
29th Sep, Home v BRA: 26-16 W
6th Oct, Home v BGS: 33-10 W
13th Oct, Home v WHS: 15-24 L
10th Nov, Away v MCB: 52-3 L
14th Nov, Away* v LIM: 14-34 W
23rd Nov, Away v CCB: 15-16 W
4th Dec, Away v RSA: 17-7 L
29th Dec, Away v FSL: 26-38 W
5th Jan, Away v COL: 17-14 L

Wallace HS (WHS)
8th Sep, Home v BMA: 19-16 W
22nd Sep, Home v CCB: 31-14 W
6th Oct, Away v BRA: 15-45 W
13th Oct, Away v SUL: 15-24 W
3rd Nov, Home v PDC: 44-24 W
9th Nov, Away v RSA: 3-10 W
17th Nov, Home v OMA: 34-12 W
24th Nov, Away v MCB: 38-8 L
30th Nov, Home v BMA: 10-3 W
8th Dec, Away v BGS: 0-31 W
15th Dec, Home v RBAI: 6-6 D
22nd Dec, Home v COL: 24-5 W
29th Dec, Away v BMA: 30-12 L

Wellington College (WEL)
8th Sep, Home v ANT: 28-8 W
15th Sep, Away v LAR: 47-0 L
29th Sep, Home v STR: 17-26 L
10th Oct, Away v LUR: 39-21 L
24th Nov, Home v PDC*: 5-31 L
28th Nov, Home v CAR: 29-19 W
4th Dec, Home v LUR: 7-12 L
15th Dec, Away v STR: 21-17 L (c1)

* ‘Select’ squad
^ Match abandoned after halftime
# Match not played; bye recorded


Ulster Schools Rugby Rankings FAQS

Every season people ask questions about these calculations and we welcome them as, in the past, it has helped us to improve the system. Feel free to post your queries, but you may find an answer to one of our FAQs below: What is the point of the ranking system? This system was mainly designed so that every one of the 33 teams involved with Ulster Schools’ 1stXV rugby could be ranked using the data available, without the need for every team to have played against every other. How is the ranking calculated for each team? The three biggest factors taken into account are: win percentage (number of wins, draws, and losses), opponent rating (the strength of sides faced), and competitive rating (their progression within the various competitions). Inactivity penalties are also scored thereby preventing less active schools being ranked higher than they deserve. The formula produces a score for each team using these factors which allows them to be ranked in order from 1 to 33. How are these figures actually used to rank the teams? Teams are placed in order firstly by score then by competitive rating, then by form and finally, opponent strength. If there is a still a tie at this point other factors such as head-to-head record, competitive match-ups and inactivity penalties may be taken into account, but it is unlikely that this would be needed, and has so far proven to be so. Are points/tries for/against taken into account? YES. This is a big change brought a few seasons ago which means not only W, D and Ls are important but how they are achieved matters too (although to a lesser extent). Points are now added/subtracted depending on a team’s point difference per game and the opponents these points were scored against. Hey, my team defeated that one! Should we not be above them? Not necessarily: the ranking for each team is based on the season as a whole, not a head-to-head basis, so often teams can be ranked below those which they have beaten. Don’t worry though, if you’re truly better than they are it will show eventually! What does the score for each team represent? The score shown beside each team is a measure of performance. This is a number between 0 to approx. 1000; the higher the number the better the performance. This allows teams to be compared week-on-week and even season-on season as the same score in any two weeks represents the exact same level of performance. So then, what does the rating of each team represent? The decimal rating assigned to each team represents a calculated estimation of that team’s ability. To put it another way, if every team played every other in a full season, the number shown is what win percentage would be expected of each team, given the data available. This is why teams’ ratings change week-on-week even if they haven’t played; it is a comparison with the ability of every other team. How is opponent strength calculated? Previously, an average was taken across the season as a whole up to that point, but now the average is calculated using the strength of opponent dependant on how strong they were when they actually played the team in question. This has led to a more accurate representation of a team’s performance and stops the situation whereby a team could see their performance improved/downgraded without actually playing that week. How do inactivity penalties work? Penalties for inactivity accumulate from week to week if a school does not take part in a representative fixture and are factored in to the calculation by lowering the a team’s opponent rating. This helps to prevent schools being unfairly ranked above others as sometimes happened with the original system. What about abandoned games? The result of an abandoned game will be taken into account when more than one half has been played and if one team is winning by seven points or greater when it is stopped; if either one of these conditions is not met the teams involved will only be awarded any points scored during the course of the game.

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