Here comes the White Card

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:22
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VARSITY CUP NEWS: The White Card rule will return to the Varsity Cup on Monday, April 3 as the tournament reaches the knockout phase.

The White Card was introduced into the competition for the inaugural 2008 Final between Maties and Ikeys before being put on the back burner, only to be re-introduced for the 2015 season.

It allows either the coach or the captain to review a decision by the referee and both sides will be able to use it once per half. Should a side be successful in their usage of the card, they will retain it and could use it to query another decision in the half. However, should they fail in their appeal, they will play out the remainder of the half without being able to lodge a query.

"The White Card rule is another one of the innovative rules Varsity Cup has implemented. Varsity Cup is all about exciting, running rugby, high-intensity matches, fair play, and a top quality production.

"Our aim is to ensure everyone at the game or watching on TV has a memorable experience," Varsity Cup Manager, Xhanti-Lomzi Nesi said.

Maties will host the first semi-final (kick-off at 16.45, 14.45 GMT) against UJ at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch while log leaders UP-Tuks entertain UFS-Shimlas at the Tuks Stadium in Pretoria at 19.00 (17.00 GMT).

How the White Card review system works:

  • Each team will receive two cards marked "Half One" and "Half Two".
  • If the captain wants to review an incident, he will request that the referee show the White Card.
  • However, the review has to be specific and no general reviews will be allowed.
  • Should a coach review an incident, he will ask the TMO to inform the referee of the White Card request.
  • The coach will then convey his specific referral to the TMO via radio contact.
  • Afterwards, the TMO will inform the referee of the challenge, and the referee will then, at the next stoppage of play, raise a white card to indicate that a request for a review was lodged.
There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 23 February 2018
Highlanders v Blues 06h35 Dunedin
Rebels v Reds 08h45 Melbourne
Munster v Glasgow Warriors 19h00 Irish Independent Park
Dragons v Edinburgh 19h30 Rodney Parade
Leinster v Kings 19h35 RDS
Scarlets v Ulster 19h35 Parc y Scarlets
France v Italy 20h00 Paris
Sat, 24 February 2018
Sunwolves v Brumbies 04h15 Tokyo
Crusaders v Chiefs 06h35 Christchurch
Waratahs v Stormers 08h45 Allianz Park
Treviso v Connacht 12h00 Stadio Monigo
Bath v Sale Sharks 12h30 Recreation Ground
Lions v Jaguares 13h05 Johannesburg
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Ireland v Wales 14h15 Aviva Stadium
Gloucester v Wasps 14h30 Kingsholm
Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons 15h00 Twickenham Stoop
Bulls v Hurricanes 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Scotland v England 16h45 BT Murrayfield
Ospreys v Cheetahs 17h30 Liberty Stadium
Sun, 25 February 2018
Zebre v Cardiff Blues 13h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
London Irish v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 15h30 Allianz Park
Team P W D L Pts
Maties 4 4 0 0 19
Wits 4 3 0 1 15
Shimlas 4 3 0 1 14
UCT-Ikeys 4 2 0 2 11
NWU-Pukke 3 2 0 1 10
UJ 3 1 0 2 6
CUT-Ixias 3 1 0 2 5
NMMU-Madibaz 3 0 0 3 3
UP-Tuks 3 0 0 3 2