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Re-count Puts Ducks in Playoffs

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Re-count Puts Ducks in Playoffs

During the season the Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference has not been keeping regular public records on their standings and scores; we at Goff Rugby Report did the job ourselves.

Last week were informed by Adam Roberts at Western Washington University that we had awarded too many bonus points to Boise State - we had a bonus point for four tries in their 27-14 win over Gonzaga, but that was incorrect. We then adjusted the standings, leaving Boise State with 20 points and Oregon with 15.

So when Boise State lost this past weekend, but scored four tries, we, and Boise State, and Western Washington (their opponent) understood that Boise State had clinched a playoff spot by virtue of being 6 points ahead of Oregon. Even if Oregon won, which they did, 62-0 over Eastern Washington, they would not catch Boise State.

However, on Monday, Oregon submitted game sheets to show that the Ducks scored four tries in their 22-5 win over Western Oregon - this was the game where GRR did not have a bonus point recorded for Oregon, and neither did the NCRC.

With that shown to be true, both Oregon and Boise State finished the season with 21 points (Boise State 3-3-1, 6 bp for four tries, 1 bp for a close loss; Oregon 4-3, 5bp for four tries).

That meant we go to the head-to-head tiebreaker, which Oregon wins having beaten Boise State 32-27 on February 13. 

So contrary to what Goff Rugby Report said over the weekend, Boise State is not in the NCRC semifinals, and Oregon is. This was communicated to the teams on Monday.

At Goff Rugby Report, we apologize for the error. We try to follow conference standings, but not every conference keeps good records, and especially when there's a doubt on four-try bonus points, a mistake can be made. In this case, a game where Boise State scored 27 points did not result in a four-try bonus point, but a game where Oregon scored 22 did.

Every single conference needs good, conscientious people to report scores accurately and make sure the standings are accurate. This is hugely important to not only us in the media, but the players and fans who are trying to figure out how it all will finish.

The NCRC seems to have had some trouble finding the right person to track scores this year.

For clarity, here are the official scores that we have accumulated, along with the corrected standings:

 

1/16/2016 Washington 20-0 Gonzaga
1/17/2016 Washington 20-0 Eastern Washington
1/23/2016 Washington 28-5 Oregon
1/23/2016 Eastern Washington 7-22 Gonzaga
1/23/2016 Western Oregon 19-29 Washington State
1/30/2016 Western Washington 49-7 Oregon
1/30/2016 Washington State 63-7 Gonzaga
1/30/2016 Western Oregon 19-39 Washington
2/6/2016 Boise State 31-31 Washington State
2/6/2016 Eastern Washington 5-38 Western Washington
2/6/2016 Oregon 22-5 Western Oregon
2/7/2016 Gonzaga 22-20 Western Washington
2/13/2016 Boise State 27-32 Oregon
2/13/2016 Western Oregon 15-26 Gonzaga
2/14/2016 Eastern Washington 46-12 Western Oregon
2/20/2016 Western Washington 31-18 Washington State
2/20/2016 Eastern Washington 36-41 Boise State
2/21/2016 Gonzaga 14-27 Boise State
2/27/2016 Oregon 38-8 Gonzaga
2/27/2016 Washington State 42-5 Eastern Washington
2/27/2016 Western Oregon 5-44 Western Washington
3/5/2016 Western Washington 27-16 Washington
3/5/2016 Boise State 72-26 Western Oregon
3/5/2016 Washington State 34-26 Oregon
3/12/2016 Western Washington 54-24 Boise State
3/12/2016 Oregon 62-0 Eastern Washington
3/26/2016 Washington at Washington State

 

NCRC W L T Pf Pa Pd BT BL Pts
Western Washington 6 1 0 264 98 166 5 1 30
Washington 5 1 0 227 93 134 5 0 25
Washington State 4 1 1 217 121 96 4 0 22
Oregon 4 3 0 189 151 38 5 0 21
Boise State 3 3 1 250 231 19 6 1 21
Gonzaga 3 4 0 114 212 -98 1 0 13
Eastern Washington 1 6 0 96 259 -163 2 1 7
Western Oregon 0 7 0 101 273 -172 1 0 1