Despite the lower seeding and having lost to their opponents, the Leicester University Longhorns, during the regular season, the Coventry University Jets have been awarded a walkover win in their quarter final fixture, as the two teams were unable to find an available venue for the game.
The game was initially postponed as Leicester’s pitch was waterlogged following a weekend of heavy rain, and the two Athletic Unions were unable to find an alternative venue in time for the Monday night deadline for postseason fixtures.
Per BUCS regulations, the Jets have advanced following a mini-league created between the two sides against the top three teams in their respective conferences, which in this instance was the same conference, and thus included one another.
AMF 10 Un-Played Knock-Out Games
AMF 10.1 In the event that it is not possible to complete a knock-out fixture prior to the Monday of the following round due to circumstances beyond the control of both teams, the winner shall be decided by following the procedure in the BUCS General Regulation 13.10.2 on a win/loss/tied record – Set 2 of the ‘Tie Breaker’ document.
REG 13 Knock Out Round Matches
REG 13.10.2 When establishing the next best first team or best performing team the following process will be used:
– A mini league table consisting of the relevant teams’ performance against the top three teams of each respective league will be created for comparison.
– If this does not produce a single team then the teams that are ‘performance tied’ shall have the top 4 teams per league compared, then top five teams and so on until a clear ‘best performer’ is determined.
– This process shall also be used in relation to other regulations where a best performing team must be determined.
REG 188.8.131.52 An exception to the application of REG 13.10.2 will be if teams involved in calculations to establish the best performer from opposing leagues have completed the same number of league fixtures. The performance from those league fixtures will supersede the need to create a mini-league, initially using league points attained. If this does not determine an individual team the appropriate performance indicator to the sport will be used.
As such, due to Coventry having conceded less points vs Lincoln than Leicester, the Jets have been awarded the win and will advance to play Edinburgh Napier in the semi finals.