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Best Playing Record explained

How the RFU calculated Promotion and Relegation for season 2019-20 using ‘Best Playing Record

A relatively straightforward method to balance the ‘Best Playing Record’  was used to establish the average number of points (including Bonus Points) gained for all ‘Home’ games actually played up to 16th March 2020. Then the average gained for all ‘Away’ games actually played up to 16th March 2020.  The respective averages then were added to a club’s points total for each outstanding Home or Away game.

Splitting home and away takes into account any imbalance a team has in the venues for its remaining games compared to just calculating an overall figure.   

For example, Teams A, B and D have four games left to play, team C has five.  In addition team D’s four games are all at home.

Club & Current position

Current

Points

total

Home games played

Avg 

Home pts

gained

Away

games

played

Avg Away pts

gained

Add Home avg

for outstanding

Home Games

Add Away avg

for outstanding

Away Games

New

Pts

total

New

Ranking

A    1st

75

11

4.55

9

2.78

1 x 4.55

3 x 2.78

87.88

A  1st

B    2nd

68

10

4.6

10

2.20

2 x 4.6

2 x 2.20

81.60

B  3rd

C    3rd

65

10

4.6

9

2.11

2 x 4.6

3 x 2.11

80.53

C  4th 

D    4th

64

8

4.5

12

2.33

4 x 4.5

0 x 2.33

82

D  2nd


D move into second place, from fourth, reflecting their four outstanding games were all at home. 

This determined league positions and, therefore, promotion.  Where a league at one level is fed by just one league at the level immediately below, 2 teams are promoted.   Where a league at one level is fed by 2 parallel leagues immediately below, the top team from each league is promoted plus one of the teams in second place with the best playing record, based on the formula above.  Where the parallel leagues have the same number of teams it will be the team in second place with the highest final league points score.  Where the 2 parallel leagues have a different number of teams, such as at Level 8 where Gloucestershire Premier has 12 teams and Somerset Premier has 14 teams, the 2nd placed team that will be promoted to Level 7 will be the team that has averaged the most points per game (ie the Gloucestershire Premier team’s average points will Final League Points / 22 matches, whereas the Somerset Premier team’s average points will Final League Points / 26 matches).

Relegation is determined by the current RFU League Regulations in that sufficient teams are relegated from each league to retain the number of teams in each league after promotion has taken place. 

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