On Saturday there will be the two semifinals in the 2010 Currie Cup, two matches each with 80-plus minutes of do-or-die rugby. What happens if there is a draw at the end of 80 minutes?
A draw is a result but it is not enough of a result for teams to go onto the final.
A winner is necessary to make a final possible, and nowadays a winner of the Currie Cup Final must also be decided. No longer is the Currie Cup shared.
If on Saturday there is a draw at the end of 80 minutes in a semifinal, there will be an extra-time of 20 minutes played. The 20 minutes will be divided into two halves of 10 minutes each, with a one-minute break between each half.
If the scores are still level at the end of the extra-time, there will be no further play and none of those horrible kick-offs. Instead the number of tries will be added up in the whole semifinal, which includes those 20 extra minutes.
If teams are still level – match points and tries – then the team higher on the log will be the winner.
This last proviso means that if the Sharks and the Blue Bulls are still level in score and tries after extra-time, the Sharks will go onto the Currie Cup Final. If at Newlands Western Province and the Free State Cheetahs are still level in score and number of tries after extra-time, Western Province will go on to the final.
Log position is important – in deciding home-ground advantage and in determining a winner in the case of a draw – and that includes the Currie Cup Final.
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