Four points for a win, two points for a draw (match points). A bonus point will be earned by a team scoring four or more tries and by a team losing by seven or less points. The five Pool winners and three best placed runners-up will qualify for the Quarter-Finals and will be decided by the following criteria:
The Pool winner will be the Club with the highest number of match points earned in each Pool. The runners-up will be the three second placed Clubs from all five Pools with the next highest number of points. For the Quarter-Final round, the Pool winners will be ranked 1 – 5 in terms of the number of points earned. The runners-up will be ranked 6, 7 and 8.
Clubs in the same Pool
If Clubs are equal on points and the Clubs are in the same Pool, then qualification / ranking will be based on the two matches played between the Clubs concerned:
(a) the Club which has earned the most number of match points from the two matches (four points for a win, two points for a draw and bonus points).
(b) the Club which has scored the most tries in the two matches.
(c) the Club with the best aggregate points difference from the two matches.
Clubs from different Pools
If still unresolved, or the teams have not played each other previously in the Pool stage, qualification/ranking will be based on:
(a) the number of tries scored in all Pool matches.
(b) aggregate points difference from all Pool matches.
(c) the Club with the fewest number of players sent off and / or suspended in all Pool matches.
(d) toss of a coin.
Teams ranked 1 – 4 will have home advantage. The Quarter-Finals will be:
Team 1 v Team 8 (Match A) Team 2 v Team 7 (Match B)
Team 3 v Team 6 (Match C) Team 4 v Team 5 (Match D)
and once the final eight are decided
Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Final
The Semi-Finals will be knock-out, each played over one match. The winners of the Quarter-final Match A will play the winners of Match D and the winners of Match B will play the winners of Match C at the home venues of the winners of Match A and B.
(a) in the event of a tie at full-time in the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Final, extra time of 20 minutes (10 minutes each way) will be played.
(b) if the result is still unresolved the winner will be decided by the following criteria:
(c) the Club which has scored the most tries in that match, including extra time.
(d) place-kick competition to determine the winner.