RULES FOR TIED QUARTER-FINALS, SEMI-FINALS AND FINALS.
DRAWN QUARTERS, SEMI FINALS & FINALS
In all WSSRU quarter final, semi-final and final matches, if the scores are tied at the end of normal time, there is no extra time (IRB under 19 rule). Accordingly, where at the end of ordinary time the scores are tied, the winner of the match will be the team that was the highest ranked team at the end of the championship round.
WRFU Club Rugby
WRFU By-law 6.2
If at full-time in a SEMI-FINAL two teams are tied, then two ten minute spells will be played to determine the winner.
There will be no “golden point”.
If the scores are still tied at the conclusion of extra time the result will be determined as follows:
- The team scoring the most tries in the match shall proceed to the final, but if these are equal;
- The winner of the round robin match in the second round of the WRFU CC shall proceed to the final, but if this match was drawn;
- The team with the higher differential between points scored for and points scored against, shall proceed to the final (and in respect of defaults the second sentence of By-Law 6.3(b) shall apply), but if this is equal;
- The finalist shall be determined by the toss of a coin.
If in a FINAL, two teams are tied at full time, they shall play a period of extra time consisting of two periods of ten minutes each way; if scores are still tied at the end of this period a period of ‘sudden death’ extra time will be played. If no winner is found after this the winner shall be determined by;
- The team scoring the most tries in the final; but if this is equal
- The team with the best points differential through the current competition, that being the difference between the amount of points scored and points conceded, shall de declared the winner (and in respect of defaults the second sentence of By-Law 6.3 shall apply), but if this is equal;
- Shared Title
The ‘Sudden Death’ period shall consist of one period of ten minutes within which if a team scores a point they are deemed the winner.
Procedure for continuing the game if extra time is required
At the commencement of extra time, the teams will play in the same direction that they played in the 1st half of the match. At the halftime period of extra time, the teams will swap playing direction.
- The team that kicked-off to start the match will kick-off to start extra time. Their opponents will kick-off the 2nd period of extra time.
- After fulltime in the match proper, there will be a maximum 5 minute break before extra time commences.
- There will be a 1 minute break between the extra time periods.
- If a third period of extra time (golden point) is required, the teams will play in the same direction that they played in the 1st half of the match and the team that kicked-off the match will kick-off again.
Substitutions / Temporary Replacements / Permanent Replacements
The Laws governing substitutions, temporary replacements and permanent replacements apply for the entire duration of the match, extra-time inclusive!
Teams are not entitled to “reset” their subs / replacements!
With semis & finals coming up, this is a reminder that mouth guards are compulsory for all players – please ensure you add it to your “pre-game discussion” so as to give everyone time to source their equipment as required”
LAW 4.1 ADDITIONAL ITEMS OF CLOTHING
(f) A player may wear a mouth guard or dental protector.
The wearing of a mouth guard in an approved manner is compulsory for all players at all levels of New Zealand Domestic Rugby.
A player observed by the referee to be not wearing a mouth guard, shall leave the field and not be permitted to return until such time as the player is wearing a mouth guard in the approved manner. The team of the offending player shall not be permitted a replacement during the period the offending player is off the field. If the offending player is unable to return wearing a mouth guard in the approved manner, then that player may be replaced after a period of 10 minutes (playing time) has elapsed. This will be deemed to be a permanent replacement and the offending player will not be permitted to return to the field of play under any circumstances, except in accordance with Law 3.13, but then only if that player is wearing a mouth guard in the approved manner.
NOTE: If a player produces a medical certificate stating they should not
wear a mouthguard that player will be exempt from the requirement.
Many of you will be aware of a lineout tactic adopted at the recent Junior World Championship whereby the non-ball-winning team chooses NOT to make physical contact with the players of the ball-winning team, once the ball has been thrown-in and won. This means that no maul is created because only the players of one team are gathered around the ball carrier.
The IRB provided direction on how to referee this circumstance.
In order to provide clarity, please instruct all referees to rule as follows:
- If the non-ball-winning team in the line out choose to not engage the line out drive by “leaving the line out as a group”, PENALTY KICK to team in possession.
- If the non-ball-winning team in the line out choose to not engage the line out drive by simply opening up a gap and “creating space” and they remain at the lineout, the following process would be followed:
- the ball-winning team would need to keep the ball with the front player, if they were to drive down-field (therefore play on, general play – non-ball-winning players could either engage to form a maul, or tackle the ball carrier only).
- if they immediately hand it back to a player behind the front player, the referee will tell them to “use it” which they must do immediately.
- if they drive forward and the ball is in possession of a player behind the front player, the referee will award a scrum for “accidental offside” rather than a Penalty Kick for obstruction.
We believe that teams who are adept at mauling will very quickly make use of their options to their advantage and therefore non-ball-winning teams will be taking a massive risk if they choose not to compete and, therefore, create the initial maul.
The message to referees regarding the ball-winning team formation is:
- We need to ensure that the ball is not transferred from the Jumper to the back player before a maul is formed.
- We need to be FAR MORE vigilant on team-in-possession players “joining the maul ahead of the ball carrier and/or the last player on their own side of the maul” – we need to ensure team-in-possession players join from the back (just as we expect the non-possession team to do).
Hardham Cup Final (Sunday August 3):
Referee: Vincent Ringrose
AR’s: C.Graham, S.Kennedy
Jubilee Cup Final (Sunday August 3):
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
AR’s: R.Gordon, N.Hogan
Hardham Cup Semi Finals (Saturday 26th July):
Norths v Avalon @ Porirua Park 2.30pm
Referee: Scott Kennedy
Poneke v Wellington @ Kilbirnie Park 2.30pm
Referee: Chris Graham
Jubilee Cup Semi Finals (Saturday 26th July):
Hutt OBM v Oriental-Rongotai @ Hutt Rec 2.30pm
Referee: Richard Gordon
AR#1: D. Mangin
Wainuiomata v Marist St.Pats @ William Jones Park 2.30pm
Referee: Nick Hogan
AR#1: D. Walsh
WRRA quiz night to be held on Moday 11 August 2014 @ Petone Working Mens Club 7PM start. WRRA will supply some nibbles and the bar.
If anyone has any prizes, please notify Steve Newson.
WRRA black Polo Tops now available – $35
If you would like one, please place your order to Ian Dallas with your name & size
Next Monday, we will be conducting the Level-2 Law Exam at the Petone Working Men’s Club. Start time is 7pm. If you are going to sit the exam, please let David Walsh know so that sufficient copies of the paper can be made available. If you require a Reader/Writer to assist you with reading the Exam questions, please also let David know.
The 1st Year referees will be meeting as per normal. There is no other Training-Education-Development presentation scheduled for Monday night. Please do not disrupt the exam. If you are not going to sit the exam or you are not part of the 1st Year Group, you can have the evening at home.
Click here for important information about the exam from the NZRU.
Law exam preparation will continue; however, it will take be between 7 PM and 8 PM this week and will cover Law 21 In-Goal and Law 11 Offside and Onside in General Play.
New referees meeting have now been cancelled as well but are welcome to attend law revision.
This will be the last exam class as we will be running a mock exam 7 July, followed by level 2 exam on the 14th.