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Varsity Cup, May 7 - The Penn Mutual Varsity Cup final between perennial rivals BYU and Cal takes place this Saturday in Provo, Utah at 2 p.m. Mountain time. BYU will be looking for their fourth straight Varsity Cup title in the college championship series. The match will be broadcast at 4 p.m. Eastern time on NBC's NBCSN sports channel.
2015 BYU 30 - Cal 27
2014 BYU 43 - Cal 33
2013 BYU 27 - Cal 24
Good luck to both squads
Pro Rugby USA - The inaugural season continues this Sunday, May 8, with the usual two games scheduled. Ohio is at Sacramento 5 p.m. (PT) and San Diego plays away at San Francisco at 3 p.m. (PT.) The Ohio-Sacramento game will be televised on One World at 8 p.m. Eastern time and also streamed at AOL.com.
The standings to date:
Team GP W L
Denver 3 3 0
San Diego 2 1 1
Ohio 2 1 1
Sacramento 2 1 1
SanFrancisco 3 0 3
Scoring Changes Coming? - The recent U20 Junior World Trophy in Zimbabwe experimented with new World Rugby scoring changes, raising a try from 5 to 6 points, keeping conversions at 2 points but decreasing penalties (and presumably drop goals also) from 3 to 2 points. The thinking is to encourage more tries, and reduce the penalty importance.
In effect, this new system would drastically alter play, and the historical role that penalties have played in rugby union. To demonstrate: In current scoring, a team falls behind 7-0, and a penalty makes it 7-3, so, with one try it can go ahead 8-7. In the new scoring, a team goes behind 8-0, but a penalty only makes it 8-2, and then a try at 6 points only ties the game at 8-8.
Further, in today's scoring, if down 7-0, three penalties or 9 points gives the lead (or winning the match) at 9-7. In a new system, down 8-0 requires four penalties just to tie at 8-8.
Paris 7s Next Weekend - In the HSBC World Rugby first ever ten-circuit tournament, the last two events occur next week in Paris, followed by the conclusion in London the weekend after. The accrued points will determine seeding in the Rio Olympics this summer. For Paris, Rugby Today will have on site coverage of all the play inside Stade Jean Bouin. Watch this space, starting Friday, May 13th.