Thursday, 4th April 2019 — Queenstown Stadium
So. I shot rugby for the first time on Thursday. As someone who doesn’t play rugby, I have to be honest: every maul looks like an equally chaotic mess to me. I prepared for the match by watching a five-minute YouTube video on the rules of rugby union and by asking an ACJC rugby friend for some tips on shooting rugby.
For anyone who doesn’t understand rugby, you get points for having friendly player apply downward force to the ball, against the ground, past the enemy end line. This means no throwing (even if the throw is angled downwards). This is called a “try”, and it’s worth five points. After successfully scoring one of these, the scoring team gets to take a shot at that weird, tuning-fork, U/Y-shaped goal. The ball is placed on a line in the field, a distance from the goal. One player can then kick it off the tee (like in golf, hitting the ball off of a tee). The ball has to fly between the two prongs of the Y (or U, however you want to see it) and above the bottom, horizontal bar. If it does, it’s worth three points. If not, no problem, game continues. Apparently, if the kicker misses, the try is called an “unconverted try”. If the ball does go through the prongs and above the bar, it is a “converted try”.
There are a plethora of other rules regarding tackles and the ball going out during play, but really – for the Saints vs ACS(I) game, this is all you need to know.
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