Tahs v Rebels - It's All About The Facial Hair

Last week's attempt to predict the Reds vs Waratahs game was an unmitigated disaster, and that's no reference to what happened on the field which was also pretty dire (though thankfully the PC died at almost the same time as the Foxtel box had a dummy spit - as there was no chance for the Rolling Maul to watch or follow the game then maybe the technology gods were looking out for me).

No, the prediction method last week was too complicated and frankly took too long to develop. How else to explain the incorrect prediction. So this week, The Rolling Maul is dumbing down the prediction model to the lowest common denominator - manliness.

As everyone knows, real men have facial hair, so each of the following players in the Waratahs vs Rebels game is rated out of 5 by their facial hair as it appears either in their profile photo on their team's website:

Benn Robinson         4
Tatafu Polota-Nau    5
Sekope Kepu           0
Mitchell Chapman    0  
Kane Douglas    1
Dave Dennis (c)    0
Michael Hooper        0
Wycliff Palu            0
Brendan McKibbin   2
Bernard Foley           1
Drew Mitchell            0
Tom Carter            0
Adam Ashley-Cooper 3
Tom Kingston     0
Israel Folau             0
John Ulugia                3
Jeremy Tilse             0
Paddy Ryan             4
Greg Peterson     5
Lopeti Timani             0
Matt Lucas             0
Ben Volavola             0


Nic Henderson         0  
Ged Robinson          0
Laurie Weeks           4
Hugh Pyle                  2
Caderyn Neville        0
Luke Jones                0
Scott Fuglistaller       1
Scott Higginbotham  5
Nick Phipps               0
Kurtley Beale             3
Richard Kingi             0
Rory Sidey                 0
Mitch Inman                0
Lachlan Mitchell         4
James O’Connor (c)  0
Shota Horie                3
Paul Alo-Emile           2
Jordy Reid                  1
Jarrod Saffy                3
Nic Stirzaker               2
Angus Roberts           0
Tom English               0

GRAND TOTAL         30

Shock. Horror.  It will be close but the Rebels will edge out the Waratahs by a whisker! While across the park the two teams are almost identical it's in the middle ranges of facial growth, the almost-beards, 5-day growths and wanna-be moustaches where the Rebels have a razor-thin edge (groan).

OK, so there's always next week.