I didn’t update last weekend, mostly due to the pressing nature of being lazy, so here’s a bumper update of the last fortnight.

Me Dec Alex Pease Dave
Ireland vs Wales
Ireland by 7 Ireland by 9 Ireland by 15 Ireland by 7 Ireland by 8
Scotland vs England
England by 3 England by 10 England by 11 England by 6 England by 6
France vs Italy
France by 18 France by 18 France by 14 France by 18 France by 23
France vs England
France by 14 France by 10 France by 9 England by 12 France by 5
Ireland vs Scotland
Ireland by 14 Ireland by 15 Ireland by 15 Ireland by 9 Ireland by 15
Wales vs Italy
Wales by 14 Wales by 12 Wales by 12 Wales by 12 Wales by 12

For round four everyone played their joker on France apart from Alex (good call, Alex). For round 5, Dec and Dave picked Ireland, Alex and Ant picked France and I picked Wales. No one took a mulligan on round four so mulligans were automatically assigned for Dave and Ant on round 5 to save them most points leading to a final leaderboard of:

Position Score
1 +78 Me
2 7 Dave
3 -9 Ant
4 -34 Alex
5 -58 Dec

So, another glorious victory for me. All-in-all I think the jokers badly messed the table aorund this time, the points swings on them were huge, we’ll need to tweak those rules before next time…

Some statistical analysis to follow. Possibly.

Another way of seeing performance so far – the difference of each person’s score compared to the average score on each match.

Swing

Google Charts API is pretty sweet, I’ve been messing around with it. In just half an hour of learning you can produce quite nice charts, such as below:

Tracker Progress

M shows where Mulligans were taken, J shows successful Jokers…

For the first time we’ve had the joker come into useful play and it’s made a significant difference to the scores. That plus a cunning punt on Italy over Scotland has led to the following table…

Position Score
1 +40 Me*
2 -1 Alex*
3 -21 Ant
4 -29 Dave
5 -63 Dec*

* Mulligan used

Well the predictions have started fragmenting a bit this week. No one has any love for Wales and their golf-kart stealing inebriation, but the other games are split predictions as are the jokers.

Me Dec Alex Pease Dave
Wales vs France
France by 12 France by 12 France by 11 France by 15 France by 5
England vs Ireland
Ireland by 5 Ireland by 16 England by 4 Ireland by 9 England by 2
Italy vs Scotland
Italy by 4 Scotland by 10 Scotland by 10 Scotland by 10 Scotland by 5

Dec and I have both used our mulligans, jokers this week are:

Alex, Ant and I – France
Dec and Dave – Scotland

A bit of a shocker this week, and my first wrong prediction in terms of who was gonna win. Ireland were comprehensively spanked. Still, I imagine they can’t feel as bad as the Scots do.

Anyway, the terrible Ireland result has prompted both Dec and I to take our Mulligans. As a result, the standings are:

Position Score
1 -8 Me*
2 -18 Dave
3 -23 Alex
4 -33 Ant
5 -41 Dec*

* Mulligan used

Me Dec Alex Pease Dave
France vs Ireland Ireland by 2 Ireland by 5 France by 7 France by 5 France by 5
Wales vs Scotland
Wales by 15 Wales by14 Wales by 8 Wales by 12 Wales by 5
Itlay vs England
England by 24 England by 22 England by 29 England by 19 England by 22

Everyone picked England as their joker, everyone has a mulligan available.

So, Engand foxed everyone by picking up most points, which meant that no one got a joker bonus this week. Dec got hammered for backing the Welsh at Twickenham and three people actually ended the first week in positive points.

Position Score
1 9 Me
2 4 Dave
3 3 Alex
4 -11 Ant
5 -27 Dec
Me Dec Alex Pease Dave
Ireland vs Italy Ireland by 20 Ireland by 26 Ireland by 19 Ireland by 24 Ireland by 17
England vs Wales England by 10 Wales by 7 England by 5 England by 2 England by 6
Scotland vs France France by 8 France by 18 France by 12 France by 18 France by 6

Everyone picked Ireland as their joker, everyone has a mulligan available.

A new round with enhanced rules!

Each person puts £10 in.
Winner takes all.

For each game pick a winner and by how many points.

+5 for the right winner
+10 for the exact right points difference
-1 for each points difference out

e.g. England vs Italy guess England win by 10 points.

If England win 23-13 – +15
If England win 23-12 – +4
If England win 23-15 – +4
If England lose 23-13 – -20

Bonus rules:

1 Mulligan: Once throughout the game you can select a result to ignore. This must be nominated within 2 days of the result and cannot be transferred. E.g. if you selected England to beat Italy by 10 pts and England lost 23-13 you’d normally lose 20 pts. If you select this as your Mulligan, you score zero points.
Weekly Jester: Pick the team you think will get the most points that week. If you’re correct, you get the points that team got.

For example, you pick Ireland

Ireland – France – 30-15
England – Wales – 29-12
Italy – Scotland – 6-3

You would get 30 points. If you picked any other team you would get 0 points.

Winner is the one with the most overall points at the end.