lost twice to Australia (Wcup and at Cardiff) then three home internationals all to sides who were below us in the rankings. If we had beaten France by more than 16 points we would be ahead of England. The complicated mathematics take into account whether it is home/away, scoreline and whether the team you beat/lose to are ahead or behind in the rankings. very complicated also ?meaningless??
Quite true. The inference I was trying to make was the overly complex nature of working the rankings out make them potentially meaningless. If England had lost to France then they would have been fourth before Wales played them and then the positions would have been reversed. By beating France and France dropping below Wales, a simple win was not enough to put Wales higher than 5.
I believe RWC games also a get a higher weighting than other matches. Despite Wales getting through to the S-F stage we lost to SA, France and SA and wins over Samoa, Namibia and Fiji doesn't make up for that.
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