Bye, points sorted out by clubs, union

The question mark over the bye and the allocation of points in Dunedin premier club rugby has been solved by the clubs and the Otago Rugby Football Union.

The competition, which kicks off next week, consists of eight teams playing 15 games in 17 weeks and one team, Kaikorai, playing 16 games in 17 weeks.

As the playing window was shortened there were not enough weeks for full two round robins and so one round had to be cut - the round that Kaikorai was due to have its bye.

It was a bit messy but the clubs and the union have come up with a solution.

Eight clubs will get four points for the bye in the second round. Kaikorai will have to play but will have the chance to get five points. Points will be allocated to teams after they have the bye in the second round.

Essentially, Kaikorai is playing for a maximum of 80 points, while everyone else is playing for 79 points.

It was always going to be a tad uneven but clubs were prepared to live with it.

The competition starts with a game between Green Island and Alhambra-Union at Forsyth Barr Stadium on March 22. The three other games are played the following day and Taieri has the bye in the first round.

The final is scheduled for July 27.

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