Eval di Boschoff acting for UCT against Matties. (Photo by Lee Warren / Gallo Images)
The long-awaited diversity competition in South Africa is preparing for the 15th season and will be staged on university grounds nationwide for the first time since 2020.
After a difficult 2021 season in Tuks in a bio-bubble environment, the prestigious tournament will allow a limited number of fans to enter their respective stadiums.
“The South African sports community has endured tough times over the past two years, so it’s great to see the Varsity Cup return to participating universities across the country,” said Xhanti, Varsity Cup Tournament Manager. Lomzi Nesi says. “We are particularly excited about the fans returning to the stadium.
“We look forward to a fiercely competitive tournament. At the end of the 2022 season, two teams will be demoted to Varsity Shield, ensuring that more teams will be in attendance.
“The Varsity Cup has always prioritized innovation, pushed the boundaries and changed the lives of people who form part of the community.
“This is the 15th season of this amazing tournament and we can expect fans to enjoy it both inside and outside the field over the next few months,” continued Nesi.
Rugby fans will romantically reunite with The Varsity Cup on Valentine’s Day, February 14, when defending champion UP-Tuks will face five-time winner Maties.
All 10 teams will compete for 9 rounds without bye-bye. After the “league phase” of the tournament, the top four sides of the log will advance to the semi-finals.
The first whistle of the Varsity Shield will ring on March 4th, when Rhodes takes on the title holder CPUT in Rhodes Greatfield.
The 7-team Shield Competition will host the match at one venue on each match day of Rounds 1-6, and the home team will host the match in Round 7.
At the end of the round-robin phase, the top four outfits from the log will be in the semi-finals.
Promotion and demotion
At the end of the current two-year cycle, two teams will be demoted from the Varsity Cup and one team will be demoted from the Varsity Shield. This cycle is based on the total logs from 2021 to 2022.
No team will be promoted from Varsity Shield to Varsity Cup at the end of the 2022 season as the 2023 season will start with eight teams in the Varsity Cup and the same team in the Shield.
Revised 50/22 court trial
This season, the Interversity Tournament will try out new variations of the current 50/22 method. This is a trial version already approved by World Rugby.
A team in possession of kicking the ball directly from the inside of their half with a touch receives a 15m free kick from the touch. Kick teams may choose tap kicks instead of scrums and lineouts. If the team scores from that position, the trial value will be 7 points.
In addition, there are no phase requirements set within half of the team itself. The team can take the ball home and kick it indirectly inside the opponent’s 22. If the team scores from the tap, they will get another 2 points for that try (Points of Origin Try), according to the Varsity Cup. ..
All other rules and regulations remain the same, and the national team can win a 7-point try created from half of their own.
Teams in both competitions are allowed to exchange red card players for substitutes after 15 minutes. The Varsity Cup semi-finals and finals will allow each captain and coach to use a white card to review the referee’s decision. Each team is only allowed one review per half.
In accordance with the 2021 rules, players will only be eligible to compete in this year’s tournament if they earn 60 credits from the previous year.
Emphasize mental health
This season, the famous and struggling national team’s pink shorts will be campaigning to raise awareness around mental health.
“The key story of the 15th edition of the FNB Varsity Cup is the mental health of student athletes. After a devastating two-year period due to a pandemic, students were forced to study remotely. , Said it was a sacrifice.
“We aim to raise awareness and acknowledge the challenges these rugby players face on a daily basis.”
The national team will return to the university campus in 2022
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