August 22, 2017

Currie Cup Predictions for Round 7

Team Ratings for Round 7

The basic method is described on my Department home page.

Here are the team ratings prior to this week’s games, along with the ratings at the start of the season.

Current Rating Rating at Season Start Difference
Cheetahs 5.08 4.33 0.70
Sharks 3.67 2.15 1.50
Lions 3.60 7.41 -3.80
Western Province 3.41 3.30 0.10
Blue Bulls 1.70 2.32 -0.60
Pumas -9.78 -10.63 0.80
Griquas -10.42 -11.62 1.20


Performance So Far

So far there have been 18 matches played, 11 of which were correctly predicted, a success rate of 61.1%.
Here are the predictions for last week’s games.

Game Date Score Prediction Correct
1 Western Province vs. Lions Aug 18 39 – 3 2.40 TRUE
2 Blue Bulls vs. Cheetahs Aug 19 40 – 41 1.50 FALSE
3 Griquas vs. Pumas Aug 20 21 – 27 4.70 FALSE


Predictions for Round 7

Here are the predictions for Round 7. The prediction is my estimated expected points difference with a positive margin being a win to the home team, and a negative margin a win to the away team.

Game Date Winner Prediction
1 Pumas vs. Blue Bulls Aug 25 Blue Bulls -7.00
2 Cheetahs vs. Lions Aug 26 Cheetahs 6.00
3 Western Province vs. Sharks Aug 26 Western Province 4.20



David Scott obtained a BA and PhD from the Australian National University and then commenced his university teaching career at La Trobe University in 1972. He has taught at La Trobe University, the University of Sheffield, Bond University and Colorado State University, joining the University of Auckland, based at Tamaki Campus, in mid-1995. He has been Head of Department at La Trobe University, Acting Dean and Associate Dean (Academic) at Bond University, and Associate Director of the Centre for Quality Management and Data Analysis at Bond University with responsibility for Short Courses. He was Head of the Department of Statistics in 2000, and is a past President of the New Zealand Statistical Assocation. See all posts by David Scott »