How Does Scoring Work in Rugby? A Comprehensive Guide

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Understanding the Scoring System of Rugby

Rugby is a dynamic and exhilarating sport, with two teams competing to put as many points on the board as possible. But how exactly does scoring work in rugby? To an outsider, it can appear quite complex. In this blog post, we’ll look at the different ways you can score points in rugby and explain how they are tallied up to give your team victory.

Tries – The Basics

The most basic way of scoring points in rugby is through a try. You score five points for your team when carrying or kicking the ball over your opponents’ goal line and touching it down on their side of the field. After a successful try has been scored, there is an opportunity for extra points – known as ‘conversions’ – which will be discussed later in this article.

Penalty Kick

A penalty kick awards three points to the attacking team when they commit an infringement within their opponents’ 22-meter area (known as ‘kicking territory’). This type of kick requires precision accuracy if it’s going to successfully make its way between two posts placed opposite one another above both teams’ goals lines at either end of the pitch. A conversion attempt afterward would see them gain two more bonus points if successful giving them five total for that play alone!

Drop Goal

Similar to penalties but slightly different is drop goals, which award three points when kicking from hand into the goal without being touched by any other player before crossing over into their opponents’ half during open play time only! Before attempting such feats, though, players must first have gained possession from scrums or line outs before taking aim, so positioning yourself near these areas may increase chances at getting those crucial additional kicks needed too!


In conclusion, understanding how scoring works in rugby can seem complicated, but once broken down into its individual elements, it becomes much easier to understand. Tries award five points while penalty kicks and drops goals both grant three points each, with conversions adding another two bonus points should they be completed after attempts are made, respectively!