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Is the World Cup draw confusing you?
Is the World Cup draw confusing you?
(All you need to know about the RWC)
06 Nov 1999
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Well, it's a bit of a rushed job, and not the sharpest, but it does the trick.   Once the pool games have been completed, this image will be updated with team names.  That way you can track your teams progress through the final rounds.

Finally we are down to the business end of the tournament!

The Scoring System (courtesy Official RWC Site)

All Pool Matches carry three match points for a win, two match points for a draw, and one match point for a loss. If a Team has been expelled from the Tournament or willfully refuses to play, or willfully abandons a match in progress, that Team shall be awarded no match points and the other Team involved shall be awarded three match points. At completion of the Pool Matches the Teams are ranked 1 to 4, Winner, Runner-Up, Third and Fourth team based on the number of match points.

Pool Matches

(1) Match Points and Ranking of Teams

(2) If two Teams, at the conclusion of the Pool Stage of the Tournament, are level on match points then the winner shall be:

(i) the winner of the Match in which the tied Teams played; but if no winner can yet be declared

(ii) the Team which has scored the greater number of points in all its Pool Matches; and if the tie still remains unresolved

(iii) the Team which has scored the most tries in that particular Pool Match; and if the tie still remains unresolved

(iv) the Team which has scored the most tries in all of its Pool Matches; and in the event of the teams concerned having scored an equal number of tries

(v) the total points scored by each Team in all the Pool Matches if played shall be divided by the total points scored against it by each Team in the foregoing Matches and the team with the higher quotient shall be the winner; and if the tie still remains unresolved

(vi) the Team which has had the least number of players ordered from the field throughout the Tournament shall be declared the winner; and if after this exhaustive process no winner emerges

(vii) the winner shall be settled by the toss of a coin between the Managers concerned.

(3) If more than two teams, at the conclusion of the Pool Stage of the Tournament, are level on match points then they should be ranked by consideration of all Pool Matches as follows:

(i) the team which has scored the greater number of points in all its Pool Matches; and if the tie still remains unresolved

(ii) the team which has scored the most tries in all of its Pool Matches; and in the event of the teams concerned having scored an equal number of tries

(iii) the total points scored by each team in all the Pool Matches, if played, shall be divided by the total Points scored against it by each team in the foregoing Matches and the team with the higher quotient shall be the winner; and if the tie still remains unresolved

(iv) the team which has had the least number of players ordered from the field throughout the Tournament shall be declared the winner; and, if after this exhaustive process no winner emerges

(v) the Winner shall be settled by the toss of a coin between the Managers concerned.

 

Third Best Overall

Once the third team has been identified in each Pool then the third best overall shall be determined as follows:

(i) the team with the most number of match points following all its pool matches; if no outright winner has emerged then;

(ii) the team with the most scored points in all its matches; but if that produces no outright winner then;

(iii) the team scoring the most tries in all its matches; but if that produces no outright winner then;

(iv) the team with the best scored points quotient (refer to Clause 1.2 (c)(2)(v) above), and if that produces no outright winner then;

(v) the team which has had the least number of players ordered from the field throughout the Tournament shall be declared the winner; and if after this exhaustive process no winner emerges; and

(vi) the winner shall be settled by the toss of a coin between the Managers concerned.

Knock-Out Matches

For quarter-final play-offs, quarter-finals, semi-finals and the 3rd and 4th play-off Matches if at no-side the Teams have tied, then the winner shall be determined by the following method until a winner is found:

(i) after an interval of 5 minutes, extra time of 10 minutes each way shall be played; if no winner can be declared then;

(ii) the winner shall be the Team to score the most tries in that particular Match; and if that shall not produce a result then;

(iii) the Team which has had the least number of players ordered from the field throughout the Tournament shall be declared the winner; if after this exhaustive process no winner has emerged;

(iv) the winner shall be settled by a toss of coin between the Managers concerned.

 

The Final

(i) In the Final if no winner is determined at no-side, after an interval of 5 minutes, extra time of 10 minutes each way shall be played. If at the end of extra time no winner has emerged then the winner shall be determined by the following method:

(ii) the winner shall be the Team to score the most tries in that particular Match; and if that shall not produce a result then;

(iii) the winner shall be the Team which has had the least number of players ordered from the field throughout the Tournament; and if that does not produce a result then;

(iv) both finalists shall become joint holders of the Webb Ellis Cup.

 

Abandoned Matches

(1) Pool Matches

In the event of a Pool Match having to be stopped after its commencement under the provisions of Law 6A of the Laws of the Game, then subject to confirmation by the Disputes committee, the following procedure shall apply:

(i) where a Match has been abandoned either at half-time or at any time in the second half the result shall stand;

(ii) where a Match has been abandoned during the first half the result shall be declared a draw; and

(iii) where a Pool Match has been declared a draw under sub clause (ii) above then for that Match each team will be awarded two match points and any points and tries scored will count towards the total of points and tries scored by each Team in all their Pool Matches.

(2) Knock-Out Matches

In the event of a Quarter-Final Play-Off, a Quarter Final, a Semi-Final or a 3rd and 4th Play Off match having been abandoned for any reason whatsoever, subject to confirmation by the Disputes Committee, the following procedure shall apply:

(i) where a Match has been abandoned either at half time or at any time in the second half the result shall stand. If both Teams are tied then the provisions within clause 1.2(e) (ii), (iii) and (iv) shall apply.

(ii) if a Match has been abandoned during the first half the result shall be declared a draw and the provisions within clause 1.2(e) (ii), (iii) and (iv) shall apply.

by Wobbly
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