How the Vodacom Cup play-offs REALLY work

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 3 Apr 2008 at 10:01
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There seems to be a fair bit of confusion about the Vodacom Cup this season.

A number of reports that have surfaced this week seem to be labouring under the false impression that only the top two teams in each division will go through to the semi-finals. To quote a piece from Superrugby: “With only two rounds of the cross-section Vodacom Cup competition to go, eight sides still have a chance to make it through to the semifinals — and the two frontrunners from each of the North and South sections can therefore not afford a slip-up in this weekend’s fixtures.”

The inference seems to be there will be a semi-final series where the top placed team in each pool will play the runner up in the other pool. The winner of each semi-final would contest the final.

According the fixture on the official Sa Rugby website, though, that’s not how it works. The play-off series looks like this:

A1 v A4 TBC
B1 v B4 TBC
A2 v A3 TBC
B2 v B3 TBC

Winner QF1 v Winner QF3 TBC
Winner QF2 v Winner QF4 TBC

This means (unless SA Rugby has screwed it up again and changed the rules without updating the website) that each of the top four teams in each pool will go through to the play-offs, contesting a quarter-final against another team in their own pool, before advancing to the semi.

In other words, the Wildebeest are still very much alive in this year’s Vodacom Cup!

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