Pool AU
POS TEAM P W L D PF PA PD BP PTS
1 Brumbies 15 10 5 0 425 326 99 3 43
2 Waratahs 15 8 7 0 413 297 96 8 40
3 Rebels 15 7 8 0 365 486 -121 3 31
4 Reds 15 3 11 1 290 458 -168 3 17
5 Force 15 2 13 0 260 438 -181 5 13

Pool NZ
POS TEAM P W L D PF PA PD BP PTS
1 Hurricanes 15 11 4 0 458 314 144 9 53
2 Highlanders 15 11 4 0 322 273 149 8 52
3 Chiefs 15 11 4 0 491 341 150 7 51
4 Crusaders 15 11 4 0 487 317 170 6 50
5 Blues 15 8 6 1 374 380 -6 5 39

Pool SA1
POS TEAM P W L D PF PA PD BP PTS
1 Stormers 15 10 4 1 440 274 166 9 51
2 Bulls 15 9 5 1 399 339 60 4 42
3 Cheetahs 15 4 11 0 377 425 -48 5 21
4 Sunwolves 15 1 13 1 292 627 -334 3 9

Pool SA2
POS TEAM P W L D PF PA PD BP PTS
1 Lions 14 11 3 0 513 315 198 8 52
2 Sharks 15 9 5 1 360 269 91 5 43
3 Jaguares 14 3 11 0 342 405 -26 6 18
4 Kings 15 2 13 0 282 684 -402 1 9

Joint
POS TEAM P W L D PF PA PD BP PTS
1 Hurricanes 15 11 4 0 458 314 144 9 53
2 Lions 14 11 3 0 513 315 198 8 52
3 Stormers 15 10 4 1 440 274 166 9 51
4 Brumbies 15 10 5 0 425 326 99 3 43
5 Highlanders 15 11 4 0 322 273 149 8 52
6 Chiefs 15 11 4 0 491 341 150 7 51
7 Crusaders 15 11 4 0 487 317 170 6 50
8 Sharks 15 9 5 1 360 269 91 5 43
9 Waratahs 15 8 7 0 413 297 96 8 40
10 Bulls 15 9 5 1 399 339 60 4 42
11 Blues 15 8 6 1 374 380 -6 5 39
12 Rebels 15 7 8 0 365 486 -121 3 31
13 Cheetahs 15 4 11 0 377 425 -48 5 21
14 Jaguares 14 3 11 0 342 405 -26 6 18
15 Reds 15 3 11 1 290 458 -168 3 17
16 Force 15 2 13 0 260 438 -181 5 13
17 Kings 15 2 13 0 282 684 -402 1 9
18 Sunwolves 15 1 13 1 292 627 -334 3 9

RULES OF THE COMPETITION :

The aim of the game is very simple - use the ball to score more points than the other team.

You can run with the ball, kick it and pass it, but passing forwards is not allowed.

Rugby union is a contact sport, so you can tackle an opponent in order to get the ball, as long as you stay within the rules.

There is a referee, aided by two touch judges (one on each side of the pitch), to decide how the rules should be applied during a game.

There are several ways to score points.

• A try - five points are awarded for touching the ball down in your opponent's goal area.

• A conversion - two points are added for a successful kick through the goalposts after a try

• A goal kick - three points are awarded for a penalty kick or drop goal through the posts

If both teams score the same amount of points, or no points are scored, then the match is a draw. In some cases, extra time is played to decide who wins.

Duration

A game of rugby union has two periods of 40 minutes each. In international matches the referee will stop the clock for stoppages.

Between the two halves, there is a maximum 10-minute interval, after which both teams change ends.

The referee's whistle indicates the start and finish of the half.

Extra time will only be played if it's a knockout competition.

Kick-Off

Before the start of the match, the referee tosses a coin to decide which team will kick off the match.

The captain of the team that wins the toss gets to decide which end he wants to attack first, or whether his side or the opposition will kick off.

The game is started by a place kick or a drop kick from the middle of the halfway line.

The ball must travel forwards at least 10 metres from the kick-off. If it does not, the opposition get the choice of a scrum or line-out on the halfway line, with the advantage of the feed or throw.

If a penalty or drop goal is scored during the game, play is restarted with a drop kick from the halfway line. The team that has conceded the points takes the kick.

The Ball

Rugby union is played with an oval-shaped ball.

All balls must be between 28cm and 30cm in length (approximately 11-13 inches).

Most full-size balls weigh between 383 and 440 grammes (approximately 13.5-15.5 ounces)

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