Rugby is a hard core contact sport loved by the Aussie’s and Kiwis. It is also played in England and has a fan following all over the world. But for some of us rugby isn’t easy to understand. So here are the very basic rules of ruby. Hopefully it should make the game simpler to understand.
Ruby is played between two players of 13 players each. The game is played on a grass, rectangular playing field which is about 100 meters wide and 69 meters wide. The field is marked in a particular way with H shaped posts on each end at the goal line. A halfway line is market on wither end almost 50 meters from the goal line. Another line is marked on either end which is 10 meters from the halfway line. This line is primarily for kick offs. Other lines are marked on the field that are perpendicular from the sidelines almost 20 meters from the halfway lines.
The game begins with a coin toss between the captains. The winning captain decides to either receive or kick. If the team decides to receive they become the attackers. The winning team also choose which half of the field is theirs. This reverses at half time. The game begins when once team kicks the ball from the centre of field. The receiving team has to try and score by passing the ball to another from the back while being tackled by the opposing team. The receiving team has a chance to score with a maximum of six tackles.
Rugby scoring is a little different as compared to other sports. The best of way scoring in rugby is the try which is basically grounding the ball on the goal line which gives the team four points. The scoring team then has a chance to convert the try into a goal which will change the four points into six. In goal the ball has to be kicked over the H posts cross bars opposite the position of the try.
In case of a foul the team is awarded either a two kick penalty from the place where the offence took place or awarded a set of six tackles it the main aim of getting the 4 point try. In case of a penalty committed against a player who is scoring a try, the scoring team is awarded a penalty kick with a chance to convert the try with an 8 point kick.
These are just the basic of rugby league. There are many more rules, tactics and strategies but those come into play a little later after the game becomes a little easier to understand!
Dos and Dont’s in Rugby
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No one said rugby was easy. It is after all a tough guy’s sport! Strong in mind and body is a survival mantra in rugby. Like any sport winning is everything. Now some times winning just doesn’t depend on the things you and don’t do! So here are some things to make you a better player.
Ruby requires high stamina and tremendous amounts of energy. You may have to be big in rugby to tackle players or even scare them off but you also have to be quick on your feet. Be sure to pay extra attention to fitness and follow a good diet. Your diet should help you build muscle and at the same time give you ample energy to play.
It’s important to understand the game and experiment with various strategies and techniques. Pay attentions to the rucks and scrums but remember that your game doesn’t rest on that. Don’t forget to use your feet in a ruck, using your feet could make all the difference.
Rugby is all about communication and team work. It’s important to remember what you play as one and do what’s best for the team and not to improve your individual score. How you play and what you do can effect the entire team.
Rugby is aggressive but you have to remember to keep your emotions out of it. Play the game without any animosity and harbouring any ill feelings for the opposing team. Remember that animosity can lead to unnecessary fouls and penalties. The last thing you want is to add to the visitors’ scoreboard. Like we said before it is game where 13 people play as one, so don’t run away from support at least if you want to have forwards in the last half of the game.
Protect yourself from injuries at all time. Your teeth need the mouth guard, your minor cuts and wounds need to tended to immediately and ice packs need to be made handy for muscle pulls and sprains.
More than anything don’t be scared and play with your heart. Remember always to prevent a try and maintain defence!