Cape Town - SANZAAR has confirmed that the modified bonus point system that was introduced into Super Rugby this season will be adopted for the Rugby Championship, and that the first ever Rugby Championship Test will be staged in London.
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The Rugby Championship tournament in 2016 will therefore see the four-try bonus point replaced by a bonus point awarded to a team finishing three or more tries ahead of its opponent. The bonus point for losing by seven or fewer points remains unchanged.
SANZAAR CEO, Andy Marinos, commented: “SANZAAR EXCO reviewed the bonus point system implemented into Super Rugby this year and believed it had a significant impact in rewarding the more dominant teams, created a competition for the full 80 minutes and is providing a reward system that recognises both attack and defence.”
“Having witnessed some of the most exciting and complete 80-minute games in the history of the competition this season, spurred on by the introduction of the new bonus point system, we believe that across the SANZAAR tournaments, for the sake of the players, broadcasters and the fans, we should have consistency in terms of the tournament points system.
“We look forward to the continuation of similar, exciting and impactful rugby in the Test matches of the 2016 Rugby Championship.”
Competition points will be awarded in all matches on the following basis:
Win - 4 points
Draw - 2 points
Loss - 0 points for loss of more than 7 points
Bonus - 1 point for loss by 7 points or less
Bonus - 1 point for 3 tries or more than opponent