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vodacom cup tie-breaker explained
April 29, 2008

The South African Rugby Union will use a unique log formula to decide the outcome of the Vodacom Cup final if the scores should be level at the end of extra-time.

The rules have been devised as the conventional tie-breaker – of awarding the trophy to the highest placed team on the log – is unavailable because of the possibility that the finalists could be drawn from the separate North and South Pools.

However this Saturday’s semi-finals will be decided by log position should the scores be level at the end of extra-time because the opponents in the last four are drawn from the same pools.

The full regulations are as follows:

Semi-final

A period of extra time of 20 minutes will be played (ten minutes each way) after which, if the scores are still level, the team that was the highest placed on the log will go through to the final. Vodacom Western Province (who play the Vodacom Free State Cheetahs) and the Vodacom Blue Bulls (who host the Wildeklawer Griquas) finished the higher on the southern and northern section logs respectively.

Final

A period of extra time of 20 minutes will be played (ten minutes each way) after which, if the scores are still level, the team advancing to the final will be:

a. the team with the highest number of log points in the quarter final and the semi final, if equal
b. the team that scored the most tries in the quarter final and the semi final, if equal,
c. the team that scored the most tries in the second half of the final, if equal, d. the team that scored the most tries in the final, if equal,
e. the team that scored the first try in the final.

The log as applies following the quarter-finals is as follows:

Teams P W D L PF PA PD TF TA BP Pts
Vodacom Blue Bulls 1 1 0 0 51 7 44 7 1 1 5
Vodacom Free State 1 1 0 0 35 20 15 5 2 1 5
Wildeklawer Griquas 1 1 0 0 37 30 15 5 2 1 5
Vodacom WP 1 1 0 0 22 14 8 3 2 0 4

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