Argentina´s heavy loss against Ireland and Samoa´s eight point loss against France has resulted in controversy. The IRB previewed the weekend´s international matches on Wednesday by showing the potential implications for all nations. Samoa and Argentina had the opportunity of being drawn together as shown clearly here. However now that Argentina did lose badly and Samoa did lose by less than fourteen points the IRB has released provisional IRB Rankings showing that Samoa are ranked above Argentina. Confused? You should be.
The IRB Rankings now have Samoa and Argentina tied. Both are ranked on 78,71 points. The controversy has been justified by the IRB giving Samoa an advantage by 15 decimal places. Still confused? You should be. The IRB´s explanation of the Rankings never got into additional decimal places. No preview of the weekends matches mentioned it at all. As such, Samoa and Argentina are still tied for 8th position with the calculations clearly showing this. Should Wales defeat Australia then both Argentina and Samoa will be tied for 8th place on 78,71 points. With no way of splitting them the IRB is looking to add extra zeros onto the numbers. Should Australia lose to Wales and Samoa and Argentina are to be split into Band 2 and Band 3 in this fashion then the system will again need to be altered as it will have failed to achieve its purpose of actually separating bands of the top 12 evenly. Wales need to lose to Australia or the controversy could mean dire results for the draw for Rugby World Cup 2015.