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Battle of the hemispheres


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Springboks, Wallabies on 5 Nov 2008 at 11:20
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Teams from the Northern and Southern Hemispheres have engaged each other in battles on the rugby field since 1891 and this weekend that struggle will resume – with six Tests across the United Kingdom, Ireland and Europe.

It elicits and age-old debate: ‘Which hemisphere holds the balance of power?’

Jan De Koning writes for Rugby 365 that there is no doubt that in the early years, in the 19th Century, the men from the north won more games.

However, over the years the power steadily shifted south – with South Africa, New Zealand and Australia winning the majority of the games against their northern rivals.

In the last decade and a bit, since the game went professional, the south have dominated the rugby landscape – with Argentina even joining the party.

We take a look at how the north and south have shaped up over the years – both in the last decade and also for the past 107 years of Test rugby.

In the last 10 years teams from the Northern and Southern Hemispheres have engaged each other in 312 matches. Of those the north won 106 (for a 34 percent winning margin), while the south recorded 202 victories (64.7 percent). There were just four drawn matches.

However, it is when you look at matches played in the Northern Hemisphere and then compare them with matches played in the Southern Hemisphere that you really see the south’s dominance.

They have engaged in battle in 129 matches in the Northern Hemisphere – with the home teams winning 62 (48.1 percent) and the visitors from the south recording 64 victories (49.6 percent).

When the action shifted to the Southern Hemisphere fields that margin increased significantly.

They have played 123 matches in the south, with the southern men winning 99 (80.5 percent) of their home matches and the men from the northern recording just 23 away wins (18.7 percent).

They also played 60 matches at neutral venues, with the south winning 39 (65 percent) of those and the north just 21 (35 percent).

Overall, going back to 1891, the picture looks slightly less bleak for the north, although the balance of power still sits in the south.

They have played 844 matches, with 294 (34.8 percent) victories to the north and 517 (61.3 percent) for the south. There were 33 drawn games.

All matches played in the Northern Hemisphere since 1891 total 351 – with the north managing 141 (40.2 percent) victories and the south 196 (55.8 percent).

Again, the picture looks a lot different for matches played in the Southern Hemisphere – with 398 matches having taken place on southern territory. The north managed just 114 (28.6 percent) victories, while the south recorded 266 (66.8 percent) wins.

And they played 95 matches at neutral venues – with the north getting 39 (41.1 percent) wins and the south again dominant with 55 (57.9 percent) victories.



31 Comments

  • However, it is when you look at matches played in the Northern Hemisphere and then compare them with matches played in the Southern Hemisphere that you really see the south’s dominance.

    That’s because the fools think they can win with understrength sides in the SH. :evil:

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.11.08 11:27:19 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :

    Exactly… let’s hope our coaching team and players are not lulled into a false sense of perception…

    Just been looking over the Welsh pack and backs…

    The pack will have 30kgs plus over ours with just Jones (Ryan) and Powell with 10kgs each over Kanko and Spies :shock:

    Really not sure why they always make out Bok forwards are so huge…

    Back are pretty much the same…

    Going to be a cracker of a game…

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.11.08 03:58:55 by bryce_in_oz Reply
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  • “false sense of perception…”… er ‘reality’ not ‘perception’…

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.11.08 04:00:21 by bryce_in_oz Reply
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  • Welsh have always had big lads in their teams.

    They are probably gonna try and mash us up front, but even with Smitty doing the TH gig, we will still be way too hard and physical for them – our boys aren’t just big, they are badass too.

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.11.08 08:03:54 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Research has shown that talking to yourself is not only healthy and desirable, but a sign of emotional and mental maturity.

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.11.08 08:13:59 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 5): :neutral:

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.11.08 08:37:24 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • “They also played 60 matches at neutral venues, with the south winning 39 (65 percent) of those and the north just 21 (35 percent).”
    Neutral venues = must be somewhere on the equator, but where?

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.11.08 09:00:10 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 7) : I suspect this relates to RWC tourneys and given the fact most of them are in NH – i am surprised they call them neutral

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.11.08 09:03:56 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 5) : You are not alone, I am here with you, Though you’re far away, I am here to stay… :twisted:

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.11.08 09:06:02 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 8) :
    Considering the article relates to the only 2 hemispheres that make up our earth then there cant really be neutral venues.
    Is South Africa playing England at the Millenium Stadium a game played at a neutral venue, for the purposes of this article the answer would be yes but from a South African point of view it would be no.

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.11.08 09:16:12 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 9) :

    Oh, Charlie…is THAT the romantic taps being opened??? :twisted:

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.11.08 09:16:13 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 11) :
    Keep smiling, keep shining
    Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
    That’s what friends are for
    For good times and bad times
    I’ll be on your side forever more
    That’s what friends are for

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.11.08 09:42:05 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 11) : Surely not on the rugbyfield :twisted:

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.11.08 09:42:55 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 12) : I love that song

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.11.08 10:28:28 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 5) :

    I concur…

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.11.08 10:41:31 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • Or do I… yes most definitely… :wink:

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.11.08 10:42:01 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 14) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.11.08 10:48:59 by Charlie Reply

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  • Hey…i am talking to you.. :wink:

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.11.08 13:58:20 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 18) :
    Met Ys ja. :lol:

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.11.08 15:18:25 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 19) : Hi BF, tell me, there are a movie on E-tv at 22:15 tonight that must have impressed you tremendously :twisted: …………hehehee, or was it the other way around perchance?? :mrgreen:

    And before you tear into me, I do not watch movies, so I have not seen it, just saw the name.

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.11.08 17:57:17 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • Rugby union has been given the green light to hold a World Club Championship from 2009.

    The inaugural tournament will feature Gloucester, Saracens, Western Force and a yet to be confirmed French club and will be held in Singapore in July.

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.11.08 18:14:08 by McLovin Reply

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  • Former Wasps, England and Lions hooker Phil Greening is behind the idea and he is hoping the tournament will take off – with future events set to feature the Super 14 and European champions.

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.11.08 18:14:47 by McLovin Reply

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  • Not sure if there’s room for another tournament. Doubt it will be taken seriously.

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.11.08 18:15:27 by McLovin Reply

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  • Unless of course they offer lots of money maybe.

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.11.08 18:16:27 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 21) : oh please… World Club champs my ass. The Western Force is not a club… and if we’re including SH regional teams, why are the Saders not there?

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.11.08 18:27:12 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 25) : I’m very sceptical about the whole idea. Just can’t see it happening properly.

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.11.08 18:30:22 by McLovin Reply

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  • world club champs – 4 teams – 2 clubs.great :roll:

  • Comment 27, posted at 06.11.08 18:32:15 by PJLD Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 27) : I would like to know if the teams are even going to send there best/strongest sides.

  • Comment 28, posted at 06.11.08 18:36:09 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 28) : Which I seriously doubt.

  • Comment 29, posted at 06.11.08 18:36:36 by McLovin Reply

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  • @PJLD (Comment 27) : yeah… kind of smacks of half-assed-jobedness

  • Comment 30, posted at 06.11.08 18:38:34 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 20) :
    “Lying in Wait”???

    It wasn’t Ewan McGregor’s “Big Fish” was it?
    :?:

  • Comment 31, posted at 07.11.08 08:05:36 by Big Fish Reply
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