NRL, the Australian Rugby, explained

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If you love sports and try your best at betting at one or two, you'll have to figure out the rules of the game and how things flow. It can get real rough real fast for beginner bets, but a few lessons on the rules can work wonders. That being said, sports can be fun to watch, especially when you know what's happening.


Australian Rugby is one such sport where fans have to learn how things are carried out in the field before they can start betting on the games. Rugby league has its own set of rules compared to Union, and the following guide will help you understand everything regarding it.

Pitch Rules

Rugby pitches are different from other sports grounds because they are rectangular and have two 'H’-shaped posts that are present at the ends. This is where the players have to reach to get a goal. Other than that, Rugby matches are known for their 80-minute duration where either side tries its best to reach the ends of the pitch to get a score.


There are two 40-minute halves where each side has to change sides with each other. This helps shake things up a bit and allows the players to adapt to the pitch on either side. Finally, Rugby has 13 players present on the pitch, while four players can be reserved and used when someone gets injured or simply as replacements.

What are the Score types in Rugby?

Each team competes to score against the other side, and the team with the highest score wins. There are several ways to earn points for your team apart from the goal, and these are listed below.

  • You can earn points through a 'Try' when the ball remains placed near the try line against the competing team. 4-points are awarded to the team that accomplishes the feat.
  • Conversion is another way of scoring two extra points by kicking the ball near the try line and past the 'H’-shaped posts. Keep in mind that the player can only score these points if the ball crosses the post from the middle.
  • The third way of scoring is known as a Drop Goal. It is another way of kicking the ball through the posts and scoring one 1-point for your team.
  • The last way that a team can increase a score is to utilize all the penalty kicks they can. Penalty kicks can offer 2-points and require a player to kick the ball through the goal.

Rugby League - What are the basics?

A rugby game starts off with the first kick of the ball towards the opponent's half of the pitch. Both sides have to compete to gain possession of the ball and then take it towards their opponent's goal post. While playing, each player has to adhere to certain rules, and we've listed down a few basic ones for you.

  • The ball can only be passed backward from one player to the other. Failure to do so can lead to a penalty.
  • Players can work towards tackling their opponents to either clear a path or simply grab possession of the ball bearer. They can hold the other players down legally.
  • If a team gets tackled six times, they will then have to attempt to kick the ball near the line where the last tackle took place.
  • Players can receive penalties based on their actions, such as tripping someone, kicking someone, cursing, and using high tackles that have the potential to injure an opponent. The players can also risk themselves being shown a yellow card or a red card, depending on the severity of the situation.