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Rugby Laws Explanation: Scoring

Not many people on this side of the pond know much about the game of Rugby, so I will put up a series of explanations of the game so that one can better understand how the game works.

The first installment is the scoring aspect of the game.

There are three ways to score points in Rugby. First off is the Try.

Tries are the main scoring option in rugby, and they are worth 5 points. In order to score a try, you have to have the ball cross the goal line and physically put the ball down to the ground. You cannot spike it, drop it or bring it down and lose it. There has to be complete possession from a player to be called a success by the official.

Once a player scores a try, the team has to kick a conversion, which is much like an American Football field goal. The only difference is that it is uncontested and the designated kicking person has to kick it from the distance to the left or right of the goalposts that they scored. For example, if the player scored right under the goalposts, they can kick a straight ball to the posts directly in front of them. If they are to the left or right of the posts when they score the try, they can kick it anywhere back of the spot that they scored from. This is worth two points. The ball is also placed on a tee when kicked.

Penalty Goal: Also called a penalty kick, it is worth three points and can be scored from the spot of the penalty. The kick is from a tee and is very similar to the conversion kick.

Drop Goal: The drop goal is the most complicated, and subsequently, most impressive way of scoring. It also involves a kick, but it is during live play. The player quickly drops the ball to the ground, and as it hits the ground, it is kicked between the posts. This is worth three points.

Next Rules Explanation: The positions on the pitch.

November 13, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized |


  1. Not quite true. For a try to be scored, the ball has only to be touched while on the ground in the in goal area by an attacking player in an onside position. Full possession is not needed; neither is downward pressure.

    It’s a complicated lawa and not one that is well understood; even in Australia TV commentators keep on blathering on about downard pressure (which is required in Rugby League bit not in Rugby)

    Oh – and another thing – Rugby doesn’t have rules, it has Laws.

    Nice job though.

    Comment by Jon Hayward | November 15, 2007 | Reply

  2. No, it has to be downward pressure. I play rugby for my school and have seen it on many sites that that is the rule. I have seen one too many tries not awarded because there wasnt downward pressure. Officials have stressed it as well.


    It is in there.

    “if the ball is already on the ground over the opponents’ goal line, by pressing it down (with downward pressure) with any point on the body from the waist to the neck (including the hands and arms).”

    Thank you for your comment, and you are correct about “laws.” I will fix that.

    Comment by cmbnd10 | November 15, 2007 | Reply

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