The Celtic League will set the trend when it introduces the exciting initiative of rugby's version of soccer's 'Golden Goal' to decide any tied matches in the knock-out stages of the tournament.
The 'Golden Point' will operate with immediate effect and will initially be used to settle any tied quarter-final at the end of the month.
Following discussions with their broadcasting partners, the Celtic League Association have amended the tournament regulations regarding tied matches in ALL the knock-out stages. In the event of tied matches in the 2002 / 2003 tournament, and future quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals of the Celtic League, the following criteria will apply to determine the winner:
- The first team to score ('golden point') during extra time that shall not exceed 10 minutes (five minutes each way)
- The team who has scored most tries in regular time (80 minutes) of the tied match
- In the quarter-finals and semi-finals the away team
In the Celtic League final the winner will be determined by a) followed by b) above. If still unresolved the winner will be:
- The team with the fewer red cards over the knock-out stages
- The team with the fewer yellow cards over the knock-out stages
f. Toss of a coin
'The introduction of the 'Golden Point' to determine the winner of a Celtic League knock-out match that ends in a draw will enhance the sudden death nature of the match and provide a clear-cut winner,' said Bill Watson, Chairman of the Celtic League Association.
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