|Team||Round 1 score||Margin||Round 2 score||Margin||Average Score||Average Margin|
|New College, Oxford||230||85||215||70||222.5||77.5|
Now, a word or two of explanation about the table. It takes two aspects of each team's performance into account - their overall scores, and their margins of victory. Also, rather than use King's first round score, I have used their score intheir repechage match, and this needs to be considered when assessing their chances.
So what conclusions, if any, can we draw from the table? Well, firstly, that it seems very close. No less than 7 of the teams' average scores are separated by less than two full sets of starters and bonuses. You can't look at the table and say that any of the teams are going to have a relatively easy passage into the semis. Yes, UCL, Imperial and Pembroke all have impressive average margins of victory, but that doesn't tell the whole story. Take St. George's, for instance. In their first round they had to defeat King's Cambridge, who were also good enough to get to the quarters in their own right. Likewise, if we go by the statistics alone, Bangor seem to be very much the outsiders. Yet only this week we saw Bangor defeat a very good Durham team who were widely expected to get to at least the quarter final stages themselves.
So basically anything can happen. A lot will depend on the draw. If we get two of the 'top' teams from the table drawn against each other in their first match, then one will be playing for survival in their second and third, and that can change things. We saw some surprising quarter final results last year, and to be honest, a repeat of that this year is the only thing I can predict with any great confidence.