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Investec Champions Cup Team of the Week causes uproar from fans

BY Jack Tunney  ·  Wednesday May 29, 2024

The Investec Champions Cup Team of the Week has been met with plenty of distaste from fans after proving to be heavily selected in favour of Toulouse.

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It’s always a bit of fun when competitions, governing bodies and publications release their ‘dream teams’, as it allows for some brilliant debate between fans. Ordinarily it’ll be based upon statistics alongside the subjective views of those selectors – but the Investec Champions Cup Team of the Week comes curtesy of Oval Insights, meaning a purely statistical selection…one that has not gone down well with fans and pundits.

After their victory in the the final on Saturday, Toulouse have been awarded a full fifteen man selection in the Team of the Week, allowing no room for any of Leinster’s fearless performers. Toulouse were utterly fantastic against a wonderful Leinster team, but fans have understandably not accepted that they were 15 men better on the day.

Fans have not been pleased, these are some of the many frustrated comments:

“Leinster were dominant in scrums. Andrew Porter played 80+ & came back on for Healy’s HIA”

“If your model didn’t pick up Andrew Porter’s sensational performance, your model probably needs a bit of a rewiring.”

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“Surely not, Leinster were largely dominant in that final and they’re saying statistically they weren’t?”

“What data? A poll taken among Toulouse fans? You have to see how absurd this is”

“This is quite embarrassing and wrong. Because there’s multiple players there that were shocking in the game. If Toulouse were this dominant why did the game go to Extra Time. You might want to find a different analytics platform.”

For a more personalised and subjective review of the players performances, check out our player ratings here:

Toulouse player ratings: “Does this Dupont fella ever take a day off?” | Rugbydump

Leinster player rating vs Toulouse | 2023/24 Investec Champions Cup | Rugbydump

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