How to Score a Try in Rugby

by Siraj

Scoring a try in rugby is the main way to gain points. It is very similar to scoring a touchdown in football.



Obtain the rugby ball.


Gain field advantage either by running the ball or kicking it towards the try (goal) line.


If the ball is kicked and lands before it crosses the try line make sure to pick it back up.


Cross the try line into the try zone making sure to still stay inbounds.


Once the try line has been crossed prepare to ground the ball.


Ground the ball with one or both hands.


If the ball was kicked into the try zone grab the ball while it is still on the ground and keep it touching the ground.


Make sure while grounding the ball that an opponent's hand or arm does not get under the ball.


If an opponent's hand or arm does get under the ball it is held up. No points will be awarded and a 5 meter (16.4 ft) scrum will take place.


If the ball has not been held up then Sir will stop play and a try (5 points) will be awarded.


After the try has been awarded a conversion will then be attempted. A conversion is kicking the ball into the field goal. The ball is kicked parallel to where the ball was grounded in the try zone. If the conversion is good then 2 points will be awarded.


After that the try is complete, play will resume with the opposing team kicking the ball to the team the scored the try.


  • If someone is in a better position than you are then pass it to them, rugby is a team sport.
  • If it's your first time scoring a try get ready for a zulu!
  • A Sir is the Referee in rugby.
  • Remember while gaining field advantage to only pass the ball backwards; moving the ball forwards can result in a scrum, a penalty, or, in rare cases, a penalty try for the other team.
  • Try to get the try under or as close to the posts as possible, that will make you fly half's conversion be easier.

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