2006 Australian Rugby Shield
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The 2006 Australian Rugby Shield is an eight team competition running through May and June 2006. The teams will compete in two pools in a three week round robin competition with the winners and runners up in each pool progressing to the Semi Finals (27 May 2006) and Final (3 June 2006).
Pool 1: Darwin Mosquitoes, Queensland Country Heelers, NSW Country Cockatoos, ACT & Southern NSW Vikings.
Pool 2: Melbourne Axemen, Adelaide Black Falcons, Perth Gold, Tassie Jack Jumpers
Note: The Winners and Runners up competed in the semi-finals on the 27th of May.
Pos Name Pld W D L F A +/- BP Pts 1 ACT & Southern NSW Vikings 3 3 0 0 127 36 91 2 14 2 NSW Country Cockatoos 3 2 0 1 83 29 54 2 10 3 QLD Country Heelers 3 1 0 2 58 90 -32 2 6 4 Darwin Mosquitoes 3 0 0 3 32 145 -113 0 0
Pos Name Pld W D L F A +/- BP Pts 1 Melbourne Axemen 3 3 0 0 117 49 68 1 13 2 Perth Gold 3 2 0 1 141 33 108 2 10 3 Adelaide Black Falcons 3 1 0 2 72 75 -3 1 5 4 Tassie Jack Jumpers 3 0 0 3 18 191 -173 0 0
- Pos = Table Position
- Pld = Played
- W = Win (Worth 4 points)
- D = Draw (Worth 2 points)
- L = Loss (Worth 0 points)
- F = For (Total points scored)
- A = Against (Total points scored against)
- +/- = Points difference (The total of For minus Against points)
- BP = Bonus Point (Teams can score additional bonus points by certain scenarios. 1 Bonus point will be awarded to any team that scores 4 tries or more regardless of win/loss/draw. A bonus point will be awarded to the losing side if the loss is by 7 points or less. It is possible to receive 2 (two) bonus points in loss.)
- Pts = Progressive points tally
In the two semifinals (one between The ACT and Southern NSW Vikings and Perth Gold at Viking Park, Wanniassa the other between The NSW Country Cockatoos and The Melbourne Axemen at Harlequin Rugby Park, Ashwood) the games were both very close. Perth led the ACT & Southern NSW team 17-7 at half time before a Viking comeback saw them level the game 20-20 at full-time. During the twenty minutes of extra-time the Vikings side scored through centre Tim Cornforth and won the match 27-20. In the other match NSW Country led 16-6 at the break before Melbourne came back to be ahead 19–16 with four minutes remaining. The Cockatoos had a chance to level the game through a penalty, and thus take it into extra-time, but kicker Josh Clift missed and the Axemen made their first ever final.
The ACT & Southern NSW Vikings thrashed the Melbourne Axemen 36-10 in the final at Viking Park, Wanniassa. The Vikings never looked back after opening the scoring through inside centre Josh Staniforth at the three minute mark and led 28-7 at half time. The second half saw The Vikings score their 5th try and a penalty to win the game 36-10.