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Singha Premiership Rugby 7s – lowdown on the rules and regulations

GROUP C of the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s kicks off at Franklin’s Gardens tonight with the Series heading North to Newcastle tomorrow, before the Final on Sunday 7 August at the Ricoh Arena.

Sevens may be new to many Premiership Rugby fans and media alike so here are a few key rules and regulations to help you enjoy the action.

  • In all matches the duration of play shall be seven minutes each way, with an interval of one minute at half time.
  • Each regional group event will have a winner. The winner will be determined by the team who has accumulated the most Match points from their 3 Matches.

Points will be awarded on the following basis.

4 Points for winning a Match
2 Points for drawing a Match
1 Point for scoring 4 or more tries in a Match
1 Point on each occasion a team loses a Match by seven points or less

  • If teams are tied on the same number of match points, a team with the larger number of wins in their 3 Matches will be placed higher.
  • If teams have equal match points and an equal number of wins then a team with a larger difference between match points “for” and match points “against” shall be placed higher than a team with a smaller difference between match points “for” and match points “against”.
  • If teams have equal match points and the same match points difference, the team having scored more match points “for” shall be placed higher than the team with lesser number of match points “for”.
  • If teams are tied on the same number of match points “for” then the team having scored the higher number of tries and match points “for” shall be placed higher.
  • If teams are tied, on the same number of tries and match points “for”, the winner will be determined by the toss of a coin.
  • The winners of the regional group together with the 4 regional pool runners-up will play in the final.
  • The eight teams contesting the final will be drawn into 4 Quarter-Finals as follows:-

Quarter Final 1 – Group A Winner v Group D Runner-up
Quarter Final 2 – Group B Winner v Group C Runner-up
Quarter Final 3 – Group C Winner v Group B Runner-up
Quarter Final 4 – Group D Winner v Group A Runner-up
 

  • If at the end of any match during the final the scores are level, extra time will be played until a winner is determined. A one-minute water break will be held at the end of normal time and before recommencing the Match. The extra time is played in periods of five minutes. After each period the Teams will change ends without interval. In extra time the Team which scores first will be declared the winner without further play.
  • The Team that first kicked off will do so again in the first period of time, and subsequent kick-offs will alternate between the two sides.

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