Il Board del 6 Nations ha annunciato ieri un cambiamento epocale nel sistema di attribuzione dei punti.
Per la prima volta, infatti, anche il 6 Nations introduce i quattro punti per la vittoria, con un bonus offensivo (quattro mete marcate) e difensivo (sconfitta sotto il break, sette punti).
Ecco, di seguito, un estratto del comunicato stampa ufficiale:
“The Six Nations Council today announced the introduction of a bonus points system in the RBS 6 Nations, The Women’s Six Nations and the Under 20s Six Nations Championships.
This system will be implemented on a trial basis in all three Championships in 2017 and will be reviewed post Championships.
As part of their review of the Championships, the Council took the decision to implement a bonus point system to encourage and reward try scoring and attacking play.
Competition points will be awarded in all matches on the following basis:
- The Union that wins the Match shall be awarded four Match Points or (if it scores four tries or more in the process) five Match Points.
- The Union that loses the Match shall be awarded no Match Points or (if it scores four tries or more in the process or loses by a margin of seven points or fewer) one Match Point or (if it scores four tries or more in the process and loses by a margin of seven points or fewer) two Match Points.
- Unions that draw a Match shall each be awarded two Match Points and any of them that scores four tries or more in the process shall be awarded a further one Match Point.
- A Union that wins all five of its Matches (a “Grand Slam”) shall be awarded a further three Match Points.”