Varsity Cup introduces weird 'Power Play'

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:30
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NEWS: Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield will introduce a new Power Play rule to the tournament in 2018.

The team calling the Power Play may remove any two nominated backline players from the opposition for a period of three minutes of playing time. 

The Power Play can only be called by a team while in their own half, must be called by the captain, and can only be called once. If the team whose players have been removed score a try during the Power Play period, they are awarded an extra two points (seven points before the conversion).

The introduction of the Power Play is aimed to encourage attacking rugby.

"Yellow and red cards are such integral aspects of rugby, yet players and coaches worldwide struggle to deal with the change in personnel," said Duitser Bosman, CEO of Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield.

"This innovative new rule will foster a generation of rugby players who will be able to defend with less teammates on the field and will know how to fully utilise a numerical advantage."

This Power Play rule will allow tactically strong coaches to employ robust new strategies. University of Western Cape (UWC) coach and 1995 Rugby World Cup winning wing Chester Williams believes the Power Play rule will bring an exciting new edge to the competition.

"The new rule will be good for players, coaches and, most of all, spectators going into next year's competition, as it keeps the game fresh. Power Play will really keep the game fluid and allow for some innovative thinking from the coaches.

"It will be tactically and strategically challenging for all of the coaches, and will be interesting to see how other coaches react."

Varsity Cup will kick off on January 29 when title-holders University of Pretoria take on University of Free State at Tuks Stadium. The Varsity Shield will begin on February 19th. Varsity Cup will conclude on Monday, April 16.

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Sat, 24 February 2018
Treviso v Connacht 12h00 Stadio Monigo
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Bath v Sale Sharks 14h30 Recreation Ground
Gloucester v Wasps 14h30 Kingsholm
Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons 14h30 Twickenham Stoop
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Sun, 25 February 2018
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Saracens v Leicester Tigers 15h30 Allianz Park
Fri, 02 March 2018
Blues v Chiefs 06h35 Eden Park
Reds v Brumbies 09h00 Suncorp Stadium
Kings v Dragons 17h35 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
Edinburgh v Munster 19h35 Myreside
Cardiff Blues v Treviso 19h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Harlequins v Bath 19h45 Twickenham Stoop
Sat, 03 March 2018
Sunwolves v Rebels 22h00 Tokyo
Crusaders v Stormers 06h35 Christchurch
Sharks v Waratahs 13h05 Kings Park
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 24 February 2018
Lions v Jaguares 47 | 27
Waratahs v Stormers 34 | 27
Crusaders v Chiefs 45 | 23
Sunwolves v Brumbies 25 | 32
Fri, 23 February 2018
France v Italy 34 | 17
Leinster v Kings 64 | 7
Dragons v Edinburgh 12 | 25
Munster v Glasgow Warriors 21 | 10
Rebels v Reds 45 | 19
Highlanders v Blues 41 | 34
Mon, 19 February 2018
NWU-Pukke v UJ 18 | 15
Maties v CUT-Ixias 75 | 12
UCT-Ikeys v Shimlas 27 | 32
NMMU-Madibaz v Wits 29 | 32
Sun, 18 February 2018
Dragons v Treviso 15 | 18
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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