HOW TO SCORE IN RUGBY

Drop goals, tries, conversions and penalties are all ways of scoring in rugby. One sport and four ways of scoring: isn't that a bit much, I hear you ask? And how do you tell them apart? We explain the key differences to shine a light on what's happening on the pitch. 

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Scoring in rugby can earn you between 3 and 7 points. The try is the most well-known and most eagerly anticipated scoring action during rugby matches. A conversion is what earns your try even more points. But sometimes you need to use other moves to score points and take the lead, such as the drop goal

THE TRY / CONVERSION

A try is when a player grounds the ball over the opponent's in-goal line.

You automatically score 5 points. You then have the chance to convert the try via a conversion kick.

This earns you 2 additional points and takes the score up to 7!

There are also "penalty tries". These are awarded by the referee after a series of penalties near the in-goal line or when the defence deliberately stops an open play that would have led to a try.

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THE PENALTY

A penalty is a kick from where the foul was committed.

Penalties are awarded by the referee for serious fouls. For minor fouls, the referee can award a scrum.

Play then stops and the kicker takes their penalty. The opposing team must stand at least 10 metres away.

There are several options available to the team taking the penalty: go for the goal, kick the ball into touch, or play a scrum.

If the ball is kicked towards the goal, the referee awards 3 points if the ball passes between the posts and over the horizontal bar.

THE DROP GOAL

The drop goal can be taken at any time during play. It is a technical play performed by a specialist kicker

The player drops the ball on the ground before kicking it.

The aim is to send it between the posts to score 3 points.

Play restarts from the centre of the pitch, like after a try or penalty goal.

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