In our first attempt to rank schools 1stXV sides, we decided to adopt a ranking system similar to the one used by World Rugby. The first rankings were done using our system as well as other websites rankings for the past year. I do accept that there will be unhappy people around but was assured that all "problems" should be sorted out by the end of April. Overrated teams should drop drastically with underrated teams moving up the rankings quickly. Lets Hope.
Our rankings are calculated using a 'Points Exchange' system, in which sides take points off each other based on the match result. Whatever one side gains, the other loses.
The exchanges are based on the match result, the relative strength of each team, and the margin of victory, and there is an allowance for home advantage.
Points exchanges are doubled during League Finals to recognise the unique importance of this event, but all other matches are treated the same, to be as fair as possible to schools playing a different mix of friendly and competitive matches across the country.
Any match that is not played against another school's 1stXV does not count at all. The same applies to matches against non-South African schools.
Any school playing a school 100 positions lower than itself will lose .1 points if victorious otherwise .2 points. The lower ranked school will gain these points.
AND YES I WILL DO ANYTHING TO ENSURE THAT AFFIES RISE TO NO 1 AT THE END OF THE YEAR. SO EXPECT CHEATING WHEN NEEDED.