Pool AU
POS TEAM P W L D PF PA PD BP PTS
1 Brumbies 13 6 7 0 290 235 64 9 33
2 Waratahs 13 4 9 0 358 442 -84 3 19
3 Force 13 4 9 0 242 371 -129 1 17
4 Reds 13 3 10 0 288 424 -136 5 17
5 Rebels 13 1 11 1 185 506 -321 2 8

Pool NZ
POS TEAM P W L D PF PA PD BP PTS
1 Crusaders 14 14 0 0 522 272 250 7 63
2 Hurricanes 14 11 3 0 565 250 315 10 54
3 Chiefs 14 11 2 1 405 282 123 7 53
4 Highlanders 14 10 4 0 448 291 157 6 46
5 Blues 14 7 6 1 404 343 61 7 37

Pool SA1
POS TEAM P W L D PF PA PD BP PTS
1 Stormers 12 7 5 0 357 354 27 2 30
2 Cheetahs 13 3 10 0 340 491 -151 4 16
3 Bulls 12 3 9 0 246 356 -114 3 15
4 Sunwolves 12 1 11 0 245 504 -259 3 7

Pool SA2
POS TEAM P W L D PF PA PD BP PTS
1 Lions 13 12 1 0 455 251 218 8 56
2 Sharks 13 9 3 1 375 266 99 4 42
3 Jaguares 12 5 7 0 302 309 -7 4 24
4 Kings 12 4 8 0 309 389 -80 3 19

Joint
POS TEAM P W L D PF PA PD BP PTS
1 Crusaders 14 14 0 0 522 272 250 7 63
2 Lions 13 12 1 0 455 251 218 8 56
3 Brumbies 13 6 7 0 290 235 64 9 33
4 Stormers 12 7 5 0 357 354 27 2 30
5 Hurricanes 14 11 3 0 565 250 315 10 54
6 Chiefs 14 11 2 1 405 282 123 7 53
7 Highlanders 14 10 4 0 448 291 157 6 46
8 Sharks 13 9 3 1 375 266 99 4 42
9 Blues 14 7 6 1 404 343 61 7 37
10 Jaguares 12 5 7 0 302 309 -7 4 24
11 Kings 12 4 8 0 309 389 -80 3 19
12 Waratahs 13 4 9 0 358 442 -84 3 19
13 Force 13 4 9 0 242 371 -129 1 17
14 Reds 13 3 10 0 288 424 -136 5 17
15 Cheetahs 13 3 10 0 340 491 -151 4 16
16 Bulls 12 3 9 0 246 356 -114 3 15
17 Rebels 13 1 11 1 185 506 -321 2 8
18 Sunwolves 12 1 11 0 245 504 -259 3 7

Regular Season

The 18 teams are arranged in four conferences.

The season comprises 135 regular season matches played across 17 rounds. After the regular season an eight-team, three-week, seven-match finals series will determine the overall winner.
Points Tabulation
 
Competition points will be awarded in all Regular Season matches on the following basis:

* Win: Four points
* Draw: Two points
* Loss: Nil points for a loss by eight or more points
* Bonus: One point for a loss between one to seven points
* Bonus: One point for scoring three or more tries more than the opponent
* Bye: Nil points

Regular Season Pool Matches (two-year rotation)

* Each team plays 15 matches (and has two byes).
* Each team will play six matches within its Conference
* Each team will play nine matches against other Conference teams
* Each team has eight home matches and seven away matches (these will alternate over the two-year rotational draw cycle)
* Internal and cross conference opposition will also ‘swap’ over the two-year draw cycle.

Play-offs
 
How to qualify for the play-offs

* Win Conference – four conference winners (will host quarterfinal)
* Earn a wildcard place – four wildcard places available

Wildcard spots:

* Best placed runner-up team (based on tournament points) from either Africa 1 or Africa 2 Conference
* Three next best teams (based on tournament points) from either the New Zealand or Australian Conferences

Tie Breaking Rules:

In the event two or more teams are equal on tournament points for any position in their respective conference at end of regular season, the following will apply to determine final conference positions:

* Most wins from all matches;
* Highest aggregate points difference from all matches;
* Most tries from all matches;
* Highest aggregate difference of total tries for versus tries scored against from all matches;
* Coin toss.

Quarterfinal Draw:

The teams winning places in the Finals (Conference winners and wild cards) will be ranked one to eight based on the final number of competition points attained and the following order.

Quarterfinal One: One v Eight
Quarterfinal Two: Two v Seven
Quarterfinal Three: Three v Six
Quarterfinal Four: Four v Five

Rank One to four: Conference winners - rank determined by final number competition points

Rank Five to eight: Wild card rankings determined by final number competition points

Semifinal Draw:

Semifinal One: Winner Quarterfinal One v Winner Quarterfinal Four
Semifinal Two: Winner Quarterfinal Two v Winner Quarterfinal Three

Final:

Winner Semifinal One v Winner Semifinal Two

Finals Matches- Tie-breaking Criteria:

If the teams are tied at full-time in any Finals Series Match then the following will apply until a winner is found:

* Extra Time: played in two 10 minute periods with a two-minute half-time
* Sudden Death: played for up to 10 minutes with the first team to score declared the winner
* Kicking Competition

 

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