The AoD February Stock Taking Poll

Just over half way through February and we’re right in the weeds of the rugby season (except for the SH who are far in front/behind, as usual). How’s it going for you?

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Question 1) This kangaroo-bearing foot belongs to which International prop?

The polls today are all about your predictions of what’s going to happen in the various leagues and competitions which are underway at the moment.

Pro 14

We start (of course) with the PRO Infinity. Three teams will progress from the pool stages to play in the three knock out rounds (SQF—presumably ‘semi-quarter final’?, who knows how the PRO14 Blazermind works?—, semi-final and final). Who will they be?

Pro 14 Conference A - 3 to make the knock stages

  • Glasgow (33%, 36 Votes)
  • Munster (33%, 36 Votes)
  • Cardiff (14%, 15 Votes)
  • Connacht (14%, 15 Votes)
  • Ospreys (5%, 5 Votes)
  • Cheetahs (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Zebre (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 38


Pro 14 Conference B - 3 to make the knock stages

  • Leinster (32%, 35 Votes)
  • Edinburgh (29%, 32 Votes)
  • Ulster (21%, 23 Votes)
  • Treviso (8%, 9 Votes)
  • Scarlets (7%, 8 Votes)
  • Southern Kings (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Dragons (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 38

Gallagher Premiership

Only four teams will progress from the Gallagher Premier League to the semi-finals. Names?

Gallagher Premiership: 4 play-off places

  • Exeter (25%, 37 Votes)
  • Saracens (24%, 36 Votes)
  • Gloucester (19%, 28 Votes)
  • Harlequins (16%, 24 Votes)
  • Northampton (5%, 7 Votes)
  • Leicester (4%, 6 Votes)
  • Wasps (4%, 6 Votes)
  • Bath (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Sale (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Bristol (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Newcastle (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Worcester (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 38

Top 14

The French Top14 season began just after the second world war and has a way to go yet. Eventually, six teams will emerge for the knockout rounds: the Barage (between teams 3 to 6), then the semis and final. Who will those six teams be?

Top 14: 6 through to the knock out stages

  • Racing 92 (17%, 29 Votes)
  • Clermont-Auvergne (16%, 27 Votes)
  • Toulouse (16%, 27 Votes)
  • La Rochelle (10%, 17 Votes)
  • Stade Français (9%, 16 Votes)
  • Lyon (9%, 15 Votes)
  • Castres (8%, 14 Votes)
  • Toulon (5%, 8 Votes)
  • Bordeaux-Bègles (4%, 7 Votes)
  • Montpellier (4%, 6 Votes)
  • Agen (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Pau (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Perpignan (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Grenoble (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 31

SupeRugby

It’s only just begun, but viewers of your calibre will already know who is likely to reach the quarterfinals, either as one of the three pool winners, or as one of the five top-points-attaining runners up, who can come from any of the three pools. Each pool can therefore provide between one and three semi-finalists.

NB: not five, no matter how Kiwi they may be, because the bottom two will have had to lose to someone, even if it’s only another NZ side. I started to try to work out whether it’s mathematically possible for four NZ sides to qualify but gave up, so you have a max of three. No cheating by picking nine teams either.

Also, have you noticed that the Kiwi conference is the only tournament where all the teams have names beginning in the first half of the alphabet? That’s the sort of attention to detail which makes NZ Rugby so superior. And humble, obvs.

SupeRugby Aus Conference: to make quarter finals (choose 1, 2 or 3 teams)

  • NSW Waratahs (49%, 20 Votes)
  • Melbourne Rebels (29%, 12 Votes)
  • Brumbies (12%, 5 Votes)
  • Reds (10%, 4 Votes)
  • Sunwolves (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 30


SupeRugby NZ Conference: to make quarter finals (choose 5 1, 2 or 3 teams)

  • Crusaders (32%, 27 Votes)
  • Hurricanes (24%, 20 Votes)
  • Highlanders (20%, 17 Votes)
  • Chiefs (18%, 15 Votes)
  • Blues (7%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 32


SupeRugby SA Conference: to make quarterfinals (choose 1, 2 or 3 teams)

  • Lions (30%, 20 Votes)
  • Bulls (27%, 18 Votes)
  • Sharks (24%, 16 Votes)
  • Jaguares (12%, 8 Votes)
  • Stormers (7%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 30

Six Nations

And finally: who’s going to win the three Six Nations games this weekend?

Six Nations Round 3: the 3 winners (leave blank for draw)

  • ... Ireland (32%, 39 Votes)
  • ... England (21%, 26 Votes)
  • France v .... (20%, 25 Votes)
  • ... Scotland (13%, 16 Votes)
  • Wales v ... (11%, 14 Votes)
  • Italy v ... (2%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 42

And who’s going to win the whole tournament?

Winners of the 2019 Six Nations

  • England (79%, 33 Votes)
  • Wales (14%, 6 Votes)
  • Italy (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Ireland (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Scotland (2%, 1 Votes)
  • France (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 42

Answer to question 1: Ellis Genge, England


1,550 Comments On “The AoD February Stock Taking Poll”

  1. @Craigsman>

    Although having said that you could find an RU club showing it and spend the day there. For example Littleborough RUFC in Rochdale (at least 3 pro players started out from there). You could walk around Hollingworth Lake between matches.

  2. @Fd>

    It’s fucking enormous, so I’d guess at considerably more than a slab. 40 cans or so? Assuming 500ml cans rather than 330ml hipster beer.

  3. @Craigsman>

    The North starts at the south bank of the Thames, Craigs. Hersham has an excellent cafe of the dodgy greasy spoon type just next to the station. Mate of mine had a bike shop there for years, another one has a high end machine shop, and there are a couple of really good fastener suppliers too, that still do proper nuts and bolts not measured in foreign.

  4. Google no help on the internal volume of the cup.
    What is the fucking point of the internets if it can’t answer a simple fecking question?

  5. Cat, where is your home town ? Sheffield ? Has Sheffield got a Lido like Dunbar? Don’t think so. All boring square 50m Olympic and all that.
    Shithole.

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  6. @El Rayo>

    a high end machine shop, and there are a couple of really good fastener suppliers too, that still do proper nuts and bolts not measured in foreign.

    I’d love a high end machine shop. And the knowledge to make the most of it.

  7. Re the North, I generally split England into 3 equally along its length.

    That makes Manchester and Liverpool the Midlands.

  8. @tammcpirracas>

    With a picture of a pretty lady onna side.
    Or was that just us again.

    I worked onna film where the biggest headache in the entire production was sourcing those fecking Tennents cans.

  9. Re the North, I generally split England into 3 equally along its length.

    Pffft.

    You’re all a bunch of southern dandies

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  10. @El Rayo>

    One of my neighbours has a Moto Guzzi decked out with the full polizia kit – decals, lights, sirens etc. Looks like something that just rolled off the set of the Italian Job. It’s awesome.

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