British & Irish Cup quarter-final seeding criteria
Ahead of the final pool stage of the British & Irish Cup this weekend, the seeding criteria for the quarter-finals has been confirmed and details of the draw can be found below.
At the end of the Pool Stage the highest ranking Club in each pool shall be the pool winner and the pool winners together with 2 best runners up across the 6 pools will all proceed to the quarter-finals.
The 6 Pool winners and the 2 best runners up shall be ranked 1-8 in each case based on their playing record in the Pool Stages (in accordance with the below criteria), thus rewarding the teams with the best playing record over final standing.
Note: the 2013/14 seeding process reflects a change from that used in previous seasons. Under previous formats, the 6 Pool winners were ranked 1-6 and the runners up 7 & 8, resulting in the best placed runners-up being automatically seeded 7 & 8 despite the possibility of having a superior playing record to those seeded 1-6.
The rankings shall be determined in accordance with the following criteria and in the following order:
(a) Competition Points; or
(b) where the Competition Points are equal between two or more Clubs, the Club(s) that has achieved the greater number of wins; or
(c) where these are equal, the aggregate points difference from all Matches in the Pool Stage for each of the Clubs that have an equal number of Competition wins;
(d) or where these are equal, the Club that has scored the greatest number of points in the Pool Stage; or
(e) where these are equal, the Club that has the better result(s) from the Match(es) between the Clubs; or
(f) where these are equal, the greater number of tries scored in the Match(es) between the Clubs shall determine the rankings; or
(g) where the tries scored are equal, the aggregate points difference in the Matches between the Clubs in the Pool Stage shall determine the rankings; or
(h) where the aggregate points difference is equal the fewest number of players shown a red card in the Pool Stage shall determine the rankings; or
(i) where the number of red cards are equal, the fewest number of player shown a yellow card shall determine the rankings; or
(j) where the number of red cards are equal, by the toss of a coin.