Champions Cup: Racing Runaways in Fake Follower Stakes

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The battle to be named European rugby’s finest will come to a head on May 14th, where English giants Saracens will take on Top 14 titans Racing 92 in the final of this season’s Champions Cup.

The battle to be named European rugby’s finest will come to a head on May 14th, where English giants Saracens will take on Top 14 titans Racing 92 in the final of this season’s Champions Cup.

It makes for a monumental battle on the pitch, but which of the two teams wins the social-media tussle? And more importantly, who is the most honest when it comes to their followers?

Some digging by bettingexpert has found one team holds the edge in the transparency stakes when it comes to their Twitter legions, while the stars of each side also show an oddly distinct clash of results.

2016 Champions Cup Finalists: Fake Twitter Followers

Club

Followers

Real %

Racing 92

77.5k

48 (35.8k)

Saracens

62.2k

80 (49.8k)

Racing Runaways in Fake Follower Stakes

Just how much of a bearing it may have at the Grande Stade de Lyon is anybody’s guess, but there’s no denying Racing show a marked edge in dishonesty when it comes to their followers. After being run through a fake-follower scan, results showed more than half the Top 14 outfit’s 77,448 followers were less than genuine. A less-than-impressive 48%, to be specific.

Compare that with just 20% of Sarries’ 62,201 followers being fake, and it makes for a staggering juxtaposition between England and France’s best and brightest.

It’s no secret the French club have spent heavily to form one of the most star-studded squads in Europe—is there a chance they might have splurged to increase their follower count, too..

Racing 92: Top 5 Followed Players

Followers

Real Follower %

Dan Carter

555k

62 (265k)

Mike Phillips

212k

74 (158k)

Martin Castrogiovanni

88.8k

52 (46.4k)

Yannick Nyanga

75.8k

44 (33.2k)

Joe Rokocoko

62.5k

70 (43.7)

 

 

Real Follower Average = 60%

 

 

 

Saracens: Top 5 Followed Players

Followers

Real Follower %

Owen Farrell

164k

90 (148k)

Chris Ashton

101k

82 (82.5k)

Brad Barritt

48.8k

83 (40.5k)

Schalk Brits

32.7k

68 (22.2k)

Mako Vunipola

27.5k

87 (23.7k)

 

 

Real Follower Average = 82%

Saracens Twitter Stars Prove The Real Deal

Head coach Mark McCall will hope honesty runs parallel with rugby performance after bettingexpert found Saracens players boast considerably more real followers on average compared to their final counterparts.

Racing superstar fly-half Dan Carter is far and away the most popular Twitter figure with more than 555,000 followers, but only 62% of those are real. Meanwhile, Owen Farrell’s 164,000 fans make him Saracens’ most followed player, and a measly 10% of those turned out to be fake.

On average, Saracens top five most popular players returned a fake-follower percentage of just 18%, while Racing’s equivalents could only muster a genuine follower average of 60%.

In particular, France flanker Yannick Nyanga may consider giving his profile a once-over, with a little more than 42,500 of his 75,000 followers coming back as faux.

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