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The winner is determined by a points system: 4 points for a win, 2 points for a draw, or 0 points for a loss. "Bonus points" may also be earned in any given match and count toward deciding the series winner.
A total of two bonus points can be possibly scored: The Attacking bonus point. Prior to 2016, a team could gain an attacking bonus point by scoring four or more tries in the match, regardless of the final result. From the 2016 competition onwards, this was modified so that an attacking bonus point was awarded if a team scored three or more tries more than their opponents. The Defending bonus point by losing by seven points (a converted try) or fewer.
A victorious team can collect either 4 or 5 points, depending on whether or not it gained an attacking bonus point. A team that draws can collect either 2 or 3 points, depending on whether or not it gained an attacking bonus point. A losing team may collect from 0 to 2 points.
At the end of the series the team with the most points is declared the winner.
If teams end level on points for any position, the first tiebreaker is total number of wins in the competition, then number of wins against the other team/s tied on points, then overall points differential, then points differential between the team/s tied on points, then most tries scored in the competition. If that can't differentiate the team, the series or position will be shared.
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