The Rugby Football Union and Sky Sports have agreed fixture dates for the Semi-Finals and Final of the LV= Cup, however venues are still to be confirmed. Last year’s final allowed winners Northampton (who beat Gloucester 30 – 24), to pick up their first silverware of the season.
Set to take place in front of the live Sky Sports cameras, the semi final fixtures will take place over the weekend of March 11-13, with the competition then concluding the following weekend. The semi finalists will be determined after Round 4 on the weekend of February 6.
Semi final 1 – Friday, March 11, 2000
Semi final 2 – Sunday, March 13, 1300
Final – Sunday, March 20, 1530
London Wasps and Harlequins have announced earlier in the week that their Round 3 match is to be played in Abu Dhabi.
Semi-finals and final qualification:
A Each of the four qualifying clubs shall be ranked as below and shall play each other as follows:
Semi-final 1 – 1st ranked club v 4th ranked club Semi-final 2 – 2nd ranked club v 3rd ranked club
B The first club listed in each of the semi-final matches shall be the home club
C In the event of a tie at full-time at either semi-final or the final the winner of that shall be determined by:
i. extra-time of 20 minutes (10 minutes each way);
then ii if the scores are tied after extra-time, then the team that has scored the most tries in the match (including extra time) shall be deemed the winner;
then iii if the teams have scored the same number of tries in the match (including extra-time), then the winner will be determined by a place-kick competition.