Rugby League rules for beginners

Rugby league rules are substantially different from that of rugby union. Rugby League is a full contact sport played with 13 players on either side. The objective of the game is to ground the ball over the opponent’s goal line, which is called a try (4 points). The team then has the opportunity to kick a conversion through the goal posts, for a further 2 points.

The teams can also score one point by a drop goal. This is the kicking of the ball through the posts in open play, although the ball must bounce off the grass first in order to be legal. Passing in rugby league can only be backwards or in a sideways direction. Players have to remain onside by not moving ahead of the player with the ball.

Tackling is the main difference between rugby league and rugby union. The tackle is completed when the opposing player is put to ground. The attacking team gets a maximum of 6 tackles before the possession is handed over. Possession can also be won if the player holding the ball fumbles it and knocks it forward. The ball can also be won if a player goes over the sideline.

The team is split between forwards and backs. The backs are generally more agile and the most creative players on the field. The forwards responsibilities are mainly tackling and scrummage play. The scrum consists of 6 players from each team in a 3-2-1formation. It is usually the forwards that participate in these scrums. However, any member of the team may be in a scrum.

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