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Of course you can only tell so much from the numbers Still , they do enable us to make some interesting observations. Firstly its worth noting that all of the teams who shone inthe first round made considerably heavier weather of their second round matches. Of course, Sheffield, my adopted team for the season, have the highest average score across the two matches. They also have the highest average for total points scored by both teams. I hve to say though, that the most impressive performance in round two was that of Oxford Brookes. They had the highest score in round two, being the only team to beat the 300 point barrier. Fancied runners Magdalen are also in the top half of the table, although there is quite a discrepancy between their first and second round performances.
Whatever the case there will be no team repeating the heroics of Emmanuel by winning the series after losing in the first round, since both repechage winners have been knocked out.
Who will win through to the semis ? Well, you have to say that the picture has been muddied rather than made clearer by the second round matches. You wouldn’t find many to argue that Sheffield, who have been amongst the top 4 performing teams in both 1st and 2nd rounds look good value, and they are the first team to be burdened with the Clark tip. Likewise Magdalen, even if they made harder work of round 2 than looked likely. But then who ? Oxford Brookes have to be taken very seriously following their round 2 performance, albeit that they were outscored in the 1st round by Peterhouse, Christ’s and York. The fact is that in the first round they were playing a very good Cardiff team. So I take them to get to the semis as well. Who else ? Well, the teams are so well matched from here that any of them could do it. But I just have a fancy that last night’s winners Bristol could just do it. I doubt they’ll thank me for tipping them though ! After all, I did manage to pick all 4 semi finalists last year, and both finalists, and the winners, for that matter, so something really has to give , I’m afraid !