The Varsity Cup starts on February 8 and the law changes will come into effect then – only in the Varsity Cup, not in the Varsity Shield, the Koshuis Cup and the Young Guns.
The Varsity Cup has been an experimental laboratory before – two referees, changed points system and the white card. The changed points system and the two referees is now going universal and will be used in Australia, New Zealand, and Wales and in four World Rugby Tournaments – Nations Cup, Pacific Nations Cup, Tbilisi Cup and Under-20 Trophy.
Oddly, while these countries will be using two onfield referees, the Varsity Cup will not be, reverting to one referee on the field.
One advantage of Varsity Cup is that it has a big television viewership, broadcast as it is on a Monday evening.
This at first sight seems more complicated.
A try is worth five points.
Then there are bonus points, depending on where the try-scoring move started.
If the team that scores the try started its move between the half-way line and the opponents’ 22 and they kept possession from start to finish, they will get two bonus points. That means that they is worth seven points.
If the team that scores the try started its move in its own half and they kept possession from start to finish, they will get four bonus points. That means that the try is worth nine points.
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