The Guinness PRO14 has reached the business end of the season and Saturday sees four teams battle it out for a place in the semi-finals where the Glasgow Warriors and Leinster lie in wait.
First up, it’s Munster who take on a vastly improved Edinburgh side under Richard Cockerill. The match has a 3.15pm kick-off time and conditions should be perfect in Thomond Park as the country is experiencing some much overdue sunny weather at the moment.
In the later kick-off, the Scarlets host the Cheetahs at Parc y Scarlets and this match has the potential to be one of the game’s of the season considering the expansive, running style of rugby which both teams are heavily known for. This game kicks off at 18:35 and it should be an absolute cracker.
Considering we’re now in knockout territory, the PRO14 have released a statement detailing what will happen if teams end up level on points after 80 minutes.
If this happens, then both teams will play extra-time which consists of two 10-minute halves. If nothing separates the sides after this, then the team who has scored the most tries will be declared the winner.
If both teams have scored the same number of tries then it will be time for a place-kicking competition which would be played out as follows:
In the event that a Place Kick Competition is required, each Team will nominate three goal kickers who will take six place kicks between them from different positions along the 22 metre and 10 metre lines.
The Team with the most place kicks scored will be the winner. If the Teams are tied at the end of their six kicks, then sudden death will apply. Only players in the playing area at the final whistle of extra-time may be nominated for the Place Kick Competition.
No substituted players or players who have been shown a red card may take part at any time including any player who has received a yellow card and who remains in the sin bin at the time of the final whistle of extra-time.
Although it’s very unlikely we will see any of the above transpire, the PRO14 must have a system in place and we wonder if we will ever see the above come to fruition in this competition.