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The Championship Cup – Update
League fixtures completed, the start date for The Championship Cup is this coming weekend.
The draw, which took place in February, was based on the standings from Round 17, when as table-leaders Ealing Trailfinders received a bye into the quarter finals.
Along with Ealing Trailfinders, the quarter finals will comprise the five Round 1 winners and the two Round 1 losing teams with the best playing records. For the semi-finals the four quarter-final winners will play over one leg and the final will be between the two semi-final winners.
In Round 1 of the competition the Cornish Pirates will firstly meet Doncaster Knights away on this Saturday 9th April and then play them at home on Saturday the 23rd April. Both matches will kick-off at 2.30pm.
The overall format with weekend dates is as follows:
Round 1 First Leg – Weekend 9th April
Ampthill v Coventry (Tie 1)
Nottingham v Bedford Blues (Tie 2)
Doncaster Knights v Cornish Pirates (Tie 3)
Jersey Reds v London Scottish (Tie 4)
Richmond v Hartpury (Tie 5)
Bye – Ealing Trailfinders
Round 1 Second Leg – Weekend 23rd April
Coventry v Ampthill (Tie 1)
Bedford Blues v Nottingham (Tie 2)
Cornish Pirates v Doncaster Knights (Tie 3)
London Scottish v Jersey Reds (Tie 4)
Hartpury v Richmond (Tie 5)
Bye – Ealing Trailfinders
Round 2 Quarter Final First Leg – Weekend 30th April
Tie 5 winner v Tie 4 winner
Best losing playing record 2/1 v Tie 2 winner
Tie 3 winner v Tie 1 winner
Best losing playing record 1/2 v Ealing Trailfinders
Round 2 Quarter Final Second Leg – Weekend 7th May
Tie 4 winner v Tie 5 winner
Tie 2 winner v best losing playing record 2/1
Tie 1 winner v Tie 3 winner
Ealing Trailfinders v Best losing playing record 1/2
Round 3 Semi Final – Weekend 14th May
Round 4 Final – Weekend 21st May
The Cup quarter-final and semi-final draws will be arranged such that the two losing teams in Round 1 with the best playing records are not drawn against their Round 1 opponents.
In the Cup Round 1 and quarter-final, the winners will be the teams with the best aggregate score over the two legs. If the aggregate scores are level, there shall be a five-minute break (where the teams and players shall remain on the pitch) and then a period of extra time shall begin between the teams of 10 minutes each way, with a one minute interval. If the scores remain equal after this period of extra time, then the winner will be the team which has scored the most tries in the two legs (including extra time). If the scores are level and the number of tries scored over the two legs is equal, then there shall be a place kick competition (as set out in Appendix 1 of the RFU Championship Regulations) to determine the winner.
In the Cup semi-finals and final, if after 40 minutes of play each way the scores are level, there shall be a five minute break (where the teams and players shall remain on the pitch) and then a period of extra time shall begin between the teams of 10 minutes each way, with a 1 minute interval. If the scores remain equal after this period of extra time then the winner will be the team which has scored the most tries in the game (including extra time). If the scores are level and the number of tries scored is equal, then there shall be a place kick competition (as set out of the RFU Championship Regulations) to determine the winner.