How does a game of Rugby start? Well, the two teams line up:
Before the game starts a coin is flipped to decide which team will ‘kick off’. Let’s say that Team B are kicking off. They are given the ball and one of their players kicks the ball to the other team.
So, the Team B kicker kicks the ball to Team A, a member of team A (hopefully) will catch the ball and team A will then have possession. The game has begun! Let’s see what that looks like:
Did you see how everyone always passed backwards? Did you see how they kicked forward? Did you see how players lined up behind the ball? It’s all there! So, in that clip Team B (England) kicked the ball to Team A (New Zealand). New Zealand gathered the ball and kicked it back, England than gathered the ball and began trying to build an attack. You’ll have noticed that regularly when a player is tackled with the ball lots of players pile in and the game slows, when players do this it is called a ruck if the ball is on the ground, or a maul if the ball is still in a players arms and he is standing up. When a player goes to ground they have to let go of the ball. The ball then emerges and is passed out to players who have stayed away from the maul or ruck. The players who go in to the maul or ruck, and the players who stay out, are very different. It’s time to introduce you to forwards and backs.
So, generally, the forwards go into the rucks and the mauls and try and win the ball, they then get it out and pass it to the forwards who try and move forward again, hoping to eventually get to the other teams goal line. Sometimes, when there is a foul or if something happens, the game will stop and recommence with a scrum which is like an organised ruck, lets have a look at that:
If the ball goes off the pitch the team who had possession loses it and the other team gets to throw it back in, this is called a line out. In a line out, the team throwing the ball in have to throw it straight, so not back or forward. The forwards of each team line up, and try and win the ball:
So that’s kick offs, rucks, mauls, scrums and line outs. But the most exciting part of rugby is the try! Lets look at a good ones shall we?
Not bad! More next time!