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Law 8 Scoring

Law 8 Scoring

1.    What are the methods of scoring and the value of the scoring?
Answer: A. try 5 points, B. conversion 2 points, C. penalty try 7 points, D. penalty kick 3 points, E. dropped goal 3 points

1.  How can an attacking player score a try scored?
Answer: A. the ball is grounded in their opponent’s in-goal, against the opponent’s goal post or its surrounding padding, B. they first ground the ball when a scrum, ruck or maul reaches the goal line, C. when tackled short of the goal line, momentum takes the player to the goal line, D. when tackled short of the goal line a player reaches out an grounds the ball, E. when in touch or touch in-goal the player grounds the ball without holding it

Penalty Try
1.    Why would a referee award a penalty try?
Answer: When foul play is committed by the opposing team and this prevents a probable try from being scored or scored in a more advantageous position – a player guilty of this must be cautioned and temporarily sin-binned (no conversion attempt is required).

Conversion, Penalty Goal and Dropped Goal
1. How is a goal deemed successful?
Answer: The ball must be kicked over the crossbar and between the goal posts.

2. What happens if the ball is kicked higher than the goal posts?
Answer: A goal is scored if it is deemed the ball went between the goal posts.

3. What happens if the ball is blown backwards after being kicked?
Answer: If the ball crosses the crossbar and is blown back into the field of play, a goal is awarded.

1. Does a team have the right to a conversion attempt after a try has been scored?
Answer: Yes

2. At a conversion, what must the kicker do?
Answer: A. use the ball that was in play unless it is defective, B. take the kick in the field of play in line with where the try was scored, C. place the ball directly on the ground or sand or a kicking tee (a placer may assist), D. take the kick within 90 seconds of the try being awarded (kick is disallowed if time runs out).

  • DSLV: a kicking tee must be used for conversion kicks in NZ domestic rugby.

3. What must the teammates of the kicker do?
Answer: Stay behind the ball when it is kicked and do nothing to mislead their opponents into charging too soon (kick is disallowed).

4. What happens if the ball falls over before the kicker begins the approach to kick?
Answer: The kicker may replace the ball.

5. What happens if the ball falls over after the kicker has started the approach to kick?
Answer: The kicker may attempt the kick or attempt a dropped goal.

6. What happens if the ball falls over and rolls away from the line through the place where the try was scored?
 Answer: the kicker may attempt the kick.

7. What happens if the ball rolls into touch after the kicker begins the approach?
Answer: The kick is disallowed.

The Opposing Team at A Conversion
1. Where must opposition players be at a conversion kick?
Answer: Behind their goal line until the kicker starts the run up; they can then charge or jump to stop the conversion kick.

2. May an opposition team shout or yell during a conversion attempt?
Answer: No, but if the conversion attempt is successful, the goal stands; if it is unsuccessful, the conversion attempt may be taken again with the opposition unable to charge – the kicker may change the type of kick and go through all the preparation again.

3. May the opposition continue to charge if the ball falls over after the run up has started?
Answer: Yes.

4. If the opposition touches the ball and the goal is successful, does the goal stand?
Answer: Yes.

Penalty Goal
1. What can a penalty goal be scored from?
Answer: Only from a penalty.

2. Can there be any delay when opting for an intention to kick for goal?
Answer: No.

3. If a team indicates to the referee it wants to kick for goal, must it kick for goal?
Answer: Yes.

4. How long has a team got to kick for goal?
Answer: Within 60 seconds (playing time) from when the team indicates its intention to do so (kick disallowed and scrum awarded to the non-kicking team)

5. If the team indicates its intention to kick for goal, what must the opposition team do?
Answer: Player must stand still with hands by their sides until the ball has been kicked.

6. If the kicker has not indicated an intention to kick for goal but takes a drop kick and it goes over, does the goal stand?
Answer: Yes.

7. How may a kicker place the ball?
Answer: Directly on the ground or on sand, sawdust or a kicking tee and an assisting player may be used to hold the ball steady (scrum).

8. Can any player intentionally touch the ball in an attempt to prevent a penalty goal being scored?
Answer: No.

9. Can a defending player shout during a penalty kick?
Answer: No.

10. If the defending team infringes while a penalty kick is being taken, what happens?
Answer: If the kick is successful the goal stands and if it is unsuccessful, another penalty kick is awarded 10m in front of the original mark.

Dropped Goal
1. How does a player score a dropped goal?
Answer: By kicking a goal from a drop-kick in open play.

2. If a team is awarded a FK, when may it core a goal from a dropped kick?
Answer: Until after the ball becomes dead, or after the opposition has played the ball, or after the ball is touched by the opposition, or after the ball carrier has been tackled.