About the Mitre 10 Cup

The history and features of the competition

 

 

Key Information

In 2011 New Zealand Rugby announced what is the current format of the premier domestic competition in the country – the Mitre 10 Cup.

 

The Mitre 10 Cup for the last six seasons has consisted of two professional divisions, each consisting of seven teams.

 

The Premiership is the top division, with the winner being crowned the champion while the lowest ranked team is relegated to the Championship.

 

The Championship, essentially a second division, plays for the same named title.

 

All teams play 10 regular season games (five home, five away), followed by the Semi-Finals and Final.

 

All Mitre 10 Cup Premiership/Championship teams play against each other once, as well as four crossover matches against Mitre 10 Cup teams from opposite divisions.

 

The teams in the Premiership division for 2020 are:

 

·        Tasman

·        Canterbury

·        North Harbour

·        Bay of Plenty

·        Auckland

·        Waikato

·        Wellington


The teams in the Championship division for 2020 are:

 

·        Counties Manukau

·        Otago

·        Northland

·        Manawatu

·        Hawke’s Bay

·        Southland

·        Taranaki

 
All games (including crossover matches) carry full competition points, four for a win, two for a draw as well as the bonus point format.

 

Two Semi-Finals will take place between team’s ranked 1 v 4 and 2 v 3 in the Premiership and Championship respectively. 

 

TIES DURING OR AT CONCLUSION OF ROUND ROBIN

In the event that two or more Premiership teams or two or more Championship teams have the same number of competition points the positions of the Provincial Unions will be determined in accordance with the following criteria, which will be applied in the order in which they appear below until the tie is broken:

a. Where any two Provincial Unions are tied:

i. The winner of any Round Robin match played between the two Provincial Unions in that year will have the higher position.

ii. The Provincial Union which has the higher points difference in the Round Robin will have the higher position.

 

b. Where three or more Provincial Unions are tied:

i. if all tied Provincial Unions have played each other the tied Provincial Union with the most competition points in that year against the other tied Provincial Unions shall have the higher position.

ii. if all tied Provincial Unions have not played against the other tied Provincial Unions, the tied Provincial Union which has the higher points difference in the Round Robin will have the higher position.

 

c) If a tie cannot be broken by the criteria set out in subclauses (a) and (b) of this clause: i. The Provincial Union that scored the most tries in the Round Robin shall have the higher position.

ii. The Provincial Union that scored the most points in the Round Robin shall have the higher position.

iii. The toss of a coin will be used.

 

TIES IN FINALS ROUND

 

In the event that teams are tied at the end of a semifinal or final match, the winner will be determined by the following criteria, which shall be applied in the order in which they appear until a result is determined:


a. The winner following a further ten (10) minutes of extra time each way.
b. The team scoring the most tries in the match (including extra time).
c. The winner of the Round Robin match played that year between the two teams.
d. The team having the higher points difference at the end of the Round Robin.
e. The team that scored the most tries in the Round Robin.
f. The team that scored the most points in the Round Robin.
g. The team with the higher Finals Ranking.

 

All Mitre 10 Cup Premiership/Championship teams play against each other once, as well as four crossover matches against Mitre 10 Cup teams from opposite divisions.

 
All games (including crossover matches) carry full competition points, four for a win, two for a draw as well as the bonus point format.