WASPS V WORCESTER - The Super Powers Experiment

The Super Powers Experiment 

Wasps’ Energy partner npower has conducted an experiment to ascertain when it is that fan energy and player energy combine to produce the most powerful force for the club.

To determine this “high-energy point,” npower has recruited 50 Wasps fans to investigate the link between fan energy and player energy.

Each fan’s heart rate was monitored at three Wasps home games using a personal fitness tracker. 

At the same games, (against London Irish, Worcester and Northampton Saints), npower measured crowd noise to provide a unique insight into the link between fan support and their team’s performance.  

Heart rate 

  • Each individual’s heart rate was collected every second to obtain detailed data.
  • All fans’ data was combined to provide an average heartbeat for the group. This is called the

    collective ‘Fan heartbeat.’

  • After the match, data was mapped against match action to correlate heart rate fluctuations.

Stadium Noise

  • A commercial sound level monitor (Larson Davis Model 831) was positioned at ground level in

the stadium to measure noise levels throughout the match, with data points taken at both 10 second and 1-minute intervals.

The ‘npower high energy point’ of the match v Worcester Warriors, 14 April

The ‘npower high energy point’ of the match was established as Christian Wade’s second try a few minutes before half-time.

Heart-rates peaked at 94 beats per minute (the equivalent of going for a jog) and noise levels soared to 108 dBA in a crescendo effect as Willie Le Roux sliced through the Worcester defence and produced a sublime pass for Wade to race in at the corner for his second try of the half. The score left the home-side in control, 23-3 up at the break.

While there were also sound level spikes at other stages of the game such as Wasps on the attack, Joe Launchbury’s try, or Willie Le Roux and Will Rowlands’ combined try-saving tackle to bundle Worcester into touch, Christian Wade’s brace was the moment when fan energy and player energy combined to the most powerful force for the club.

Collective Fan heartbeat

  • The collective fan heartbeat spiked at 94 following Willie Le Roux’s break as half-time approached, to find Christian Wade on his shoulder who accelerated to the line for his second try.
  • After an energy-charged atmosphere at kick-off with heart rates hitting 92, other notable levels were seen eight minutes into the match, as Will Rowland stripped the ball from Worcester to set Tom Cruse free down the wing. Heart rates reached 88 when Elliot Daly took the ball on and continued the charge downfield.
  • A repetitive theme during match analysis is the spike in heart rate when Christian Wade gets the ball. The fan heart beat climbed to 90 beats per minute, 12 minutes into the game, when Wade accelerated around his would-be tackler for Wasps’ opening try. Even higher levels of 94 are reached upon his second try and 91 when he receives the ball 15 minutes into the second half. This reflects a sense of anticipation by Wasps fans knowing how dangerous the winger can be in very little space – there is always the expectation that something can be created out of nothing.
  • The collective fans’ heartbeat also reached 91 as another dangerman for Wasps, Josh Bassett, intercepted a Worcester pass to sprint to the line for Wasps bonus point try.
  • Individual heart rates ranged from as low as 58 to a peak of 130 at the culmination of the match.

Crowd noise levels

Peaked at 118.6 dBA during Wasps sublime attacking play, making significant metres downfield as the crowd sensed they could go all the way to the try line.

  • Spikes were seen as Wade accelerated to score Wasps’ opening try, his second, and again in the second half when Elliot Daly scooted down the wing and just ran out of space before being able to feed Wade for his hat-trick, with both players forced into touch.
  • In the 34th minute sound levels rose from 108 dBA to 110.3 dBA when Juan de Jongh was hauled down just short and Joe Launchbury crashed over to score 20 seconds later.
  • In defence, 112.5 dBA was recorded as James Haskell tracked back to force a Worcester knock on in the tackle.
  • Sound levels also spiked when Guy Thompson’s try was disallowed by the TMO due to an earlier infringement. The crowd made clear vocally their disagreement with the decision to sin bin Jimmy Gopperth at this play!
  • There was an average of 105 dBA during the match.


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