Pool AU
POS TEAM P W L D PF PA PD BP PTS
1 Brumbies 15 6 9 0 315 279 36 10 34
2 Force 15 6 9 0 313 404 -91 2 26
3 Reds 15 4 11 0 321 479 -158 5 21
4 Waratahs 15 4 11 0 396 522 -126 3 19
5 Rebels 15 1 13 1 236 559 -333 3 9

Pool NZ
POS TEAM P W L D PF PA PD BP PTS
1 Crusaders 15 14 1 0 544 303 241 7 63
2 Hurricanes 15 12 3 0 596 272 324 10 58
3 Chiefs 15 12 2 1 433 292 141 7 57
4 Highlanders 15 11 4 0 488 308 180 7 51
5 Blues 15 7 7 1 425 391 34 7 37

Pool SA1
POS TEAM P W L D PF PA PD BP PTS
1 Stormers 15 10 5 0 490 436 54 3 43
2 Cheetahs 15 4 11 0 395 551 -156 5 21
3 Bulls 15 4 11 0 339 459 -120 4 20
4 Sunwolves 15 2 13 0 315 671 -356 4 12

Pool SA2
POS TEAM P W L D PF PA PD BP PTS
1 Lions 15 14 1 0 590 268 322 9 65
2 Sharks 15 9 5 1 392 323 69 4 42
3 Jaguares 15 7 8 0 404 386 18 5 33
4 Kings 15 6 9 0 391 470 -79 4 28

Joint
POS TEAM P W L D PF PA PD BP PTS
1 Lions 15 14 1 0 590 268 322 9 65
2 Crusaders 15 14 1 0 544 303 241 7 63
3 Stormers 15 10 5 0 490 436 54 3 43
4 Brumbies 15 6 9 0 315 279 36 10 34
5 Hurricanes 15 12 3 0 596 272 324 10 58
6 Chiefs 15 12 2 1 433 292 141 7 57
7 Highlanders 15 11 4 0 488 308 180 7 51
8 Sharks 15 9 5 1 392 323 69 4 42
9 Blues 15 7 7 1 425 391 34 7 37
10 Jaguares 15 7 8 0 404 386 18 5 33
11 Kings 15 6 9 0 391 470 -79 4 28
12 Force 15 6 9 0 313 404 -91 2 26
13 Reds 15 4 11 0 321 479 -158 5 21
14 Cheetahs 15 4 11 0 395 551 -156 5 21
15 Bulls 15 4 11 0 339 459 -120 4 20
16 Waratahs 15 4 11 0 396 522 -126 3 19
17 Sunwolves 15 2 13 0 315 671 -356 4 12
18 Rebels 15 1 13 1 236 559 -333 3 9

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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