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Trying Times?

AVERAGE TRIES PER MATCH AT THE SIX NATIONS, 2000-2015
Is the Six Nations tournament becoming more exciting, in terms of the number of tries scored, or is it more attritional than ever before? Consider the following year-by-year comparison of the volume of tries since the Five Nations was extended to a six-team competition. Of course there was a glut of tries on the final afternoon which significantly boosted 2015’s total, but there is no compelling evidence that tries are hard to come by, although they clearly were in more abundance over a dozen years ago.
2000 – total amount: 75 [average of 5 per match]
2001 – total amount: 75 [average of 5 per match]
2002 – total amount: 75 [average of 5 per match]
2003 – total amount: 74 [average of 4.93 per match]
2004 – total amount: 68 [average of 4.53 per match]
2005 – total amount: 71 [average of 4.73 per match]
2006 – total amount: 61 [average of 4.07 per match]
2007 – total amount: 65 [average of 4.33 per match]
2008 – total amount: 50 [average of 3.33 per match]
2009 – total amount: 56 [average of 3.73 per match]
2010 – total amount: 48 [average of 3.2 per match]
2011 – total amount: 51 [average of 3.4 per match]
2012 – total amount: 46 [average of 3.07 per match]
2013 – total amount: 37 [average of 2.47 per match]
2014 – total amount: 61 [average of 4.07 per match]
2015 – total amount: 62 [average of 4.13 per match]

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