Please find below the official Super Rugby Tournament rules for determining final regular season placing, and qualification for the 2012 Super Rugby Finals Series.
SANZAR at this time would like to remind all as to the correct naming protocols for the competition.
• The tournament is ‘Super Rugby’ and should not be referred to as the Super 15.
• New Zealand teams should be referred to as the Blues, Chiefs, Crusaders, Highlanders and Hurricanes, and have no city or region prefix.
• Rounds 1 to 21 are termed the Regular Season. Rounds 17 and 18 remain for the Regular Season.
• At the conclusion of Round 18, the ‘Super Rugby Finals Series’ commences.
• The first week of the Super Rugby Finals Series are the ‘Super Rugby Qualifiers’ (Friday 20 July and Saturday 21 July)
• The second week of the Super Rugby Finals Series are the ‘Super Rugby Semi-Finals’ (Friday 27 July and Saturday 28 July)
• The third week of the Super Rugby Finals Series is the ‘Super Rugby Final’
The Tournament rules for determining regular season table placing and Super Rugby Finals Series Qualification are as follows.
3.5 (of the official 2012 Super Rugby tournament Manual)
Tie breaking rules
In the event of two or more teams being equal on competition points for any position on either the Conference or Super Rugby Standings tables, either during or at the end of the season, such position will be decided upon using the following steps until the tie is broken:
(a) Most wins from all matches;
(b) Highest aggregate points difference from all matches;
(c) Most tries from all matches;
(d) Highest aggregate difference of total tries for versus tries scored against from all matches;
(e) Coin toss.
Six teams will qualify for the Finals Series at the conclusion of the Regular Season as follows:
Conference Winners: the team in each of the AC, NZC and SAC with the highest number of competition points will be the Conference Winner for the respective Conference and will qualify for the Finals Series.
The three Conference Winners will receive a Finals Series Ranking as follows:
(i) The team with the highest number of competition points will have a Finals Series Ranking of 1;
(ii)The team with the second highest number of competition points will have a Finals Series Ranking of 2;
(iii) The team with the third highest number of competition points will have a Finals Series Ranking of 3.
Wildcard Teams: the remaining three Finals Series places will be allocated to the three non-Conference Winning teams with the highest number of Super Rugby table competition points regardless of the Conference in which the team plays. The three Wildcard Teams will receive a Finals Series Ranking as follows:
(i) The team with the highest number of competition points will have a Finals Series Ranking of 4;
(ii)The team with the second highest number of competition points will have a Finals Series Ranking of 5;
(iii) The team with the third highest number of competition points will have a Finals Series Ranking of 6.
3.6 Super Rugby Finals Series
3.6.1 The Super Rugby Finals Series will be played over three weeks and involve six matches in the following format:
Super Rugby Qualifiers (Week One)
Match A – Rank 4 v Rank 5
Match B – Rank 3 v Rank 6
Super Rugby Semi-Finals (Week Two)
Match C – Rank 2 v Winner of matches A or B with highest finals ranking
Match D – Rank 1 v Other winner from matches A or B
Super Rugby Finals (Week Three)
Match E – Winner of matches C or D with highest finals ranking v other winner from
matches C or D
3.6.2 Determining Winners of Super Rugby Finals Series Matches - if the teams are tied at fulltime in any Finals Series Match then the following will apply until a winner is found:
a) Extra Time - the procedure will be:
(i) After a five minute rest period, the extra time is played in two 10 minute periods with a two minute halftime;
(ii)Before the extra time begins, the match Referee will do a coin toss with the two captains one minute before the new kick-off. The winner of the coin toss decides if his team wants to kick-off or if his team wants to choose the side of the pitch it wants to play on for the first 10 minute period;
(iii) For the second 10 minute period, the teams change sides and the team that did not kick off in the first period does so;
(iv) Coaches are not permitted on the field during the rest period or halftime.
(v) Teams and match officials must remain on the field during the rest period and at halftime.
(vi) Injury time is added to the two 10 minute periods.
b) Sudden Death – if the match is still tied at the end of extra time, the procedure will be:
(i) An up to 10 minute sudden death period is played after another five minute rest period;
(ii) The first team to score (by a penalty, drop-goal or try) will be the winner;
(iii) As for extra time, one minute before sudden death begins, the match Referee will do a coin toss to choose which team kicks-off and on which side of the pitch they will play.
(iv) Teams and match officials must remain on the field during the rest period.
(v) Injury time is added to this period of play.
Kicking Competition – if the match is still tied at the end of sudden death, the Referee will conduct a place kicking competition to determine the winner of the match, according to the following procedures:
(i) All Players and Match officials will remain on the Playing Area. The Referee will call the captains of the two teams together and will conduct a coin toss. The winner of the coin toss then may either choose which Team kicks first (in which case the loser chooses the end at which all place kicks will be taken) or choose the end at which all place kicks will be taken (in which case the loser chooses which Team kicks first).
(ii)Each Team must nominate five Players to take part in the competition. Only Players on the Playing Area at the final whistle of extra time may be nominated. No substituted Players, injury-replaced Players or Players who have been shown a red card may take part at any time. For clarification purposes, any Player who has received a yellow card and who remains in the sin bin at the time of the final whistle of extra time may not take part in the place kick competition (including during ‘sudden death’). The order in which the nominated Players will kick does
not have to be predetermined.
The Match Officials and the ten nominated Players (five from each team) will assemble on the halfway line. Team management and Players not nominated must remain behind the halfway line in the side of the Playing Area not used. No one other than the Match Officials, the Match Manager, two Ball persons and the participating Players are allowed in the part of the Playing Area being used for the competition (including around the Playing Area, behind the posts, etc).
The five Players from each Team will place kick from three different points, all on the 22 metre line, as follows:
(v) The Referee will start the competition by calling the first Player selected from the Team kicking first to the first kicking point. Once the Player has taken the place kick, the Referee calls a Player from the opposing Team to take his place kick from the same point.
The next two Players (one from each Team) will place kick from the second point in turn. This will continue until all five Players from each Team have place kicked (the next players place kicking respectively from the third point, the first point and finally the second point), or until one Team is unable to equal the score of the other Team within the remaining number of kicks (at which time the Referee will declare the winner).
If there are an equal number of successful kicks once each Team has completed its five place kicks, the competition continues on a 'sudden death' basis, following the same order of kickers used in the first five kicks.
(viii) The competition will continue two kickers at a time (one from each Team), going progressively through the three kicking points as stated above (and repeating the process if necessary) until one player succeeds with a place kick and the player from the other Team taking the same place kick misses it. Once this occurs, the Team of the player who succeeded with the place kick will be declared the winner. Each of these additional kicks shall be taken by the same 5 players in rotation.
Throughout the place kicking competition:
(a) Once a Player has positioned the ball on the kicking tee, he must take the kick within one minute. Should he take longer, the Referee shall declare the kick unsuccessful.
(b) After each kick, the Referee records the number of the Player and whether or not the attempt was successful. The Sideline Manager / Substitution Recorder will record the same details on the official Match report.
(c) Whether or not the kick is successful in each case is the sole decision of the Referee, who may at his sole discretion rely on the assistance of his assistant Referees. The Referee’s decision shall be final and binding.
(d) Once a Player has completed their place kick, they shall return to stand with their Team behind the halfway line in the side of the playing area not used.