World Cup Tipping Competition
Since Brumby didn't fall for my attempts to galvanise him into action on this front, I guess I'll do it.
As there's so many mismatches involved in the group, I think merely picking winners is too simple so I'm going to introduce the margin of victory in.
For getting a correct prediction you get an automatic 5 points, with up to 10 more points available for margin, on a sliding scale (so if you're spot on you get 10 points, but if you're 3 points out you get 7 points etc.)
For example for NZ vs Tonga if I predict NZ to win by 45 points and they win by 47 points, I get 5 for the prediction and 8 for the margin.
If you predict a margin of less than 10 points, then you can actually score points even if you get the predition wrong. For example if you predict say England to beat Argentina by 6 points and Argentina win by 3 points, you get 1.
Deadline for each pick is when the game kicks off, but will be putting the fixtures up in blocks of 8 games (a new thread for each block)
So the first games are (all times are NZ times):
Fri Sept 9 20.30 A New Zealand v Tonga
Sat Sept 10 13.00 B Scotland v Romania
Sat Sept 10 15.30 D Fiji v Namibia
Sat Sept 10 18.00 A France v Japan
Sat Sept 10 20.30 B Argentina v England
Sun Sept 11 15.30 C Australia v Italy
Sun Sept 11 18.00 C Ireland v USA
Sun Sept 11 20.30 D South Africa v Wales