The Rugby World Cup Returns
After four long years the Rugby World has kicked off in Japan. Running from September 20th through to November 2nd we have weeks of offers to get stuck into. It has been described as the most open World Cup ever, with many teams being touted as potential winners. New Zealand rightly start as favourites however South Africa, Australia, England, Wales and Ireland all have great chances as well. Don't rule out France or Argentina going a long way either, they are unpredictable teams who tend to come alive at World Cup time.
There have been some great promotions that have come through for the rugby, including early payout style offers from Betway 14up, Bet365 15up and also the Black Type £1,000 refund. These work in the same way as the ever popular 2up offer in football, however for Rugby it is 14, 15 and 17 points ahead (for the respective offers) instead of goals.
What does this actually mean though in terms of how teams will get to those all important points triggers?
Well if you are not a Rugby fan then the following guide is here to give you a bit more of an idea of the basic rules and scoring plays that occur in Rugby Union.
Basic Rules in Rugby Union
- Rugby Union has 2 opposing teams with 15 players on each side plus substitutes
- These players are known as either forwards or backs. Forwards are numbers 1-8 and the backs are 9-15. Forwards are generally the bigger (in size!) players and are also known as the pack. A backs main role is to create and take points scoring opportunities, however forwards can also score as well, there is no restriction against this
- The game is played on a rectangular pitch with 2 H shaped posts, with no net
- The game is 80 minutes in duration consisting of 2 x 40 minute halves (10 minute break in between)
- Once the game clock hits 80 minutes the game is in what is called "last/final play". Play will end if there is a score, a knock on (which is where the ball is lost forward out of hand), a forward pass (you cannot pass the ball forwards towards the opposition goal line in rugby) or the ball goes out of play. If a penalty is awarded ( and we will look at what a penalty means when we look at scoring shortly) the team that has been awarded the penalty has the option to continue with the last/final play to try and get a score. Or they can choose to tap, which means drop the ball onto their foot and catch it again, and then kick the ball out of play which will end the game
Scoring & Points in Rugby Union
This is the important part in regards to the early payout offers.
In Rugby Union you can score by:
- Try - this is worth 5 points. A try is awarded when the ball is grounded over the opponents' goal line, in the in-goal area. Once a try is scored then a conversion is also awarded.
- Conversion - this is worth 2 points. Once a team has scored a try then a conversion is taken by the try-scoring team. A conversion involves kicking the ball over the crossbar, and between the posts, and is taken in-line with where the try was scored.
- Penalty - this is worth 3 points. If there is foul play then the referee may award a penalty in the area of the playing field where the offence takes place. The team who receives the penalty have the option to take a kick at goal to score a penalty. If they do kick the penalty goal successfully (above the crossbar and between the posts) then they will be awarded 3 points. On very rare occasions a penalty can be awarded on top of a try to the try scoring team if there has been foul play. Thus resulting in a potential 10 point score. This is really very rare though and doesn’t happen often
- Drop Goal - this is worth 3 points. A drop goal can be scored by dropping the ball on the ground and kicking it (half-volley) over crossbar and between the posts.
- Penalty Try - this is worth 7 points. If a try is prevented, through an act of foul play, then the referee may award a penalty try. This is instantly worth 7 points and a conversion kick is not required.
That is a brief overview of the basics of Rugby Union. Don’t worry if you don’t get all of the ins and outs of Rugby Union, just ensure that you read the Profit Accumulator instructions fully on whatever rugby offer it is you are doing. Remember that if you are struggling or are in any doubt then just ask us for help!
Here's hoping for a great tournament in Japan, with plenty of matched betting profits along the way.
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