Rules of the Game

GAME RULES

The Knockout competitions will be officiated using RUGBY LEAGUE LAWS OF THE GAME 2017 EDITION, NATIONAL PLAY SAFE CODE and the NATIONAL CODE OF CONDUCT.

The following exceptions to the RUGBY LEAGUE LAWS OF THE GAME 2017 EDITION will be used specifically for The Knockout:

1. Section 4.2: Each team may make up to 12 substitutions during the course of a match provided that the names of the substitute players registered 30 minutes prior to the team’s first competition game.

2. Section 6.2 (a): the team scoring the greater number of points shall win the game. If both teams score an equal number of points the first try scorer is declared the winner. In the event that there are no try scorers, the first team to have kicked a penalty goal will be declared the winner. If no winner is decided from this, the result will be decided on who ever kicked the first field goal. If both teams fail to score, the team awarded the first penalty will be declared the winner. If there were no penalties throughout the game, the team to win the first scrum is declared the winner.

3. Section 6.2 (b): Should a Semi Final end in a draw, the match will go into extra time of five (5) minutes each way until a winner is declared through the first point(s) scored. In the event of the match remaining deadlocked, five (5) minutes each way will continue until a winner is declared through the first point(s) scored. There will be no time off at the completion of each five (5) minute period (straight swap of ends).

Should the Final end in a draw; the match will go into extra time of five (5) minutes each way until a winner is decided through the first point(s) scored. In the event of the match remaining deadlocked, five (5) minutes each way will continue until a winner is decided through the first point(s) scored. There will be no time off at the completion of each five (5) minute period (straight swap of ends).

4. Section 7.1: The early rounds will consist of two (2) x twenty (20) minute halves with no break at half time (straight swap of ends). There will be no time off for injury, unless
deemed necessary by the referee in conjunction with the Ground Manager for the safe removal of an injured player.

Time off will be allowed in the final five minutes of all first round matches.

The Semi Finals will consist of two (2) x thirty (30) minute halves; with a five (5) minute break at half time. There will be no time off for injury during the first half, unless deemed necessary by the referee in conjunction with the Ground Manager for the safe removal of an injured player. Time off will be allowed in the second half.

The Final will consist of two (2) x forty (40) minute halves; with a ten (10) minute break at half time. There will be no time out for injury during the first half, unless deemed necessary by the referee in conjunction with the Ground Manager for the safe removal of an injured player. Time off will be allowed in the second half.

5. Section 7.4: There shall be no extra time allocated to games in the first four rounds.

6. Section 16.6: In the event of misconduct by a player during the first four rounds and Semi Finals, the Referee shall, at their discretion, caution, temporarily suspend for five (5) minutes, or dismiss the offender.

In the event of misconduct by a player during the Final, the Referee shall, at his discretion, temporarily suspend for ten (10) minutes, or dismiss the offender.

The official Redfern All Blacks “RULES AND REGULATIONS” document can be found here. This document contains more information regarding the Koori Knockout, such as event rules, team and club requirements, match duration information, as well as Match Review and Judiciary information. The KO App Team recommends reading this document if you are interested in a deeper understanding of the Koori Knockout rules.