How do you score in rugby?
In American football, it is only necessary for the ball to cross the plane of the goal line. In rugby, the ballcarrier must touch the ball to the ground on or over the goal line (try zone). When the ball is touched to the ground by an attacking player, he (or she) scores a "TRY"! You may gave seen players diving over the goal line to touch the ball down. That works, and so does running across (or not) and simply placing the ball on the ground. The ball must not be dropped out of the hands. If a player crosses the goal line but fails to touch the ball to the ground (tackled out of bounds, or runs over the end line), then no try is scored.
How else can you score in rugby?
After a try is scored, the scoring team can take a conversion kick at goal. Unlike American football, where the conversion kick is taken from in between the goal posts, the rugby conversion kick is taken anywhere on a line straight out from where the ball is touched down. For this reason, it is important to touch the ball down as close to the center of the goal posts. Equally important, defenders should prevent the ballcarrier from getting to the middle to make the conversion kick as difficult as possible.
What about field goals?
There are no field goals in rugby, but there are penalty goals and drop goals. If the referee awards a penalty, the team may elect to kick a penalty goal. The penalty goal may be kicked from a tee or from a drop kick. A drop goal is scored during the course of play where the player drops the ball to the ground and kicks it as it touches the ground., A goal cannot be scored by punting the ball through the goal posts.
How many points are scored in these situations?
Try = 5 points. Conversion goal = 2 points. Penalty goal = 3 points. Drop goal = 3 points.