Originally Posted by ubrnostrum
No matter how many times I watch Rugby, I still don't totally understand the rules of the game. I'm usually lost watching it.
Think of it like Soccer and football combined. It has the flow of soccer (no downs, players play offense and defense, ball is always live) but the basic rules of football (try to get the ball in the tryzone, use your hands to pass etc). No blocking and when you get tackled the ball is still live (thus, you see the guys pushing to prevent the other team from grabbing it).
Ball must always be thrown level or backwards. If you drop it forward, it goes to the other team, likewise, if it goes out of bounds it goes to the other team. If you do something wrong, you have to back up 10 meters and the other team gets the ball.
After a drop, there's a scrum. If it goes out of bounds, it's like a soccer throw-in. You can always kick the ball and its always live.
5 points for touching the ball down in the try zone, 2 more for the kick, kicked from the angle the ball was placed down on.
That's really all that matters. Everything else you see is basically related to a penalty.
Not that it will help