Lies,damned lies and statistics

My team West Ham United have 13 clean sheets this season. Normally you would expect a team with that record sitting comfortably in the top half of the Premiership, but they have only just dragged themselves out of the relegation places.

Last Sunday, Italy had 58% possession in Paris and 61% territory. They dominated the line-outs and even won two scrums against the head. They edged the penalty count 16-13. And yet the scoreboard showed France winning 30-10, the only statistic that really matters.

But something else connects West Ham and Italy. The Hammers have not been able to convert chances into goals; the Italians could not convert all their ball in hand into tries.

But at  least the Hammers have been better at converting penalties.


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