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What happens if the semi-finals or the final is a draw after 80 minutes?

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Fixture News What happens if the semi-finals or the final is a draw after 80 minutes?

With 51% of Aviva Premiership Rugby matches ending within seven points or fewer it isn't beyond the realms of possibility that one of the final three matches remaining are level at the end of 80 minutes.

If that is the case the following system will apply:

Extra Time
In the Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-finals and final, if scores are level after 40 minutes each way there
shall be an immediate period of extra time between the teams of 10 minutes each way.

If the scores are still tied after extra time then the winner will be the team which has scored the most
tries in the game (including extra time).

If scores are still equal then there will be a place kick competition to determine the winner.

Place Kicking Competition
A coin toss will determine at which end the competition will be at and another coin toss will determine
which team goes first or second.
Each team will nominate three kickers on the pitch at the end of extra time, designated kicker 1, kicker 2
and kicker 3.

Each kicker will take two kicks apiece in the following order:
* Kicker 1 from each team will take a kick from in front of the posts on the 22m line.
* Kicker 2 from each team will take a kick 15m in from the right touch line on the 22m line.
* Kicker 3 from each team will take a kick 15m in from the left touch line on the 22m line.
* Kicker 1 from each team will take a kick from in front of the posts on the 40m line.
* Kicker 2 from each team will take a kick 15m in from the right touch line on the 40m line.
* Kicker 3 from each team will take a kick 15m in from the left touch line on the 40m line.

If still tied there will be a "sudden death competition” from in front of the posts on the 40m line.

The Saints take on Leicester on Friday evening in the first of two huge Aviva Premiership semi-finals this weekend. Tickets are still available for the East Midlands derby clash at Franklin's Gardens and can be booked online by CLICKING HERE

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