Bondi Tens Rugby Championship


The Rules

As with all games, rules are principles guiding the game of Rugby.  The rules cover regulations for the tournament rounds, the composition of teams, timing, and rugby football’s great ten laws.

Bondi Tens Tournament Rules

The draw format is that only four teams are entitled to a pool, and since there are eight pools in total, the participating teams are not more than thirty-two. In each pool, two teams will play against the other.

For scoring, points are awarded. In a draw game, the points awarded is usually one, while ordinarily, two points are awarded without any extra time to determine the winner.  Each team’s positions are ranked based on accumulated points (net points, game points or tries).

On the second day of the championship, there are additional four rounds known as the knock out stage. Also, the over 35’s game is played on the same day. It has been the culture since the discovery of Bondi tens.

The winning teams in the knock out stage proceed to the game’s quarterfinals, ranking team from 8th to 32nd based on all accumulated points. During the plate tournament, the rank moved from 8th-32nd to 9th to 16th. That is, only teams ranked between 9th and 16th will qualify for the Bondi tens plate quarterfinals.

Then teams ranked between 17th, and 24th will qualify for the Bowl tournament quarter finals until the last team members (25th to 32nd) enter the Shield championship game.

The losers, that is, the teams that do not make it to the Cup quarterfinals, are compensated with a challenge contest that is a mirage of the championship.

Over 35's Tournament Rules

The game is also played on the second day of the championship event. The game is played by the over 35’s teams in which the first and second go against each other for the championship while the 3rd and 4th will compete for the third place.

The rules remain the same as with the main competition.

Team Compositions

The competition is only for two days, during which each team registers twenty players. Out of these twenty players, fifteen eligible players are chosen, and ten of these fifteen players are allowed on the playing field when the others are referred to as substitutes. On the following day, there is a chance to replace five players from fifteen players.

Furthermore, Rugby’s rule of substitution is flexible because players may be replaced during different rounds or games. However, every substitution cannot be without the express permission of the referee. That is, the referee must consent to the substitution application submitted to him by the touch judge.

The rules also provide for where there is a shortage of players. When a team does not have up to fifteen players, they may borrow from other groups that have been defeated in the previous or lower rounds. Also, the lending team must be a registered team of the championship league.

Also, restrictions are placed on free entry into the field while the game is on. Hence, only medical professionals can cross the boundaries set by the game officials.

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