NATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE: UNDERSTANDING THE GAME! The National Rugby League in Australia starts on the eleventh of March of this year. Last year the Melbourne Storm won the 2020 NRL Premiership over Penrith Panthers. The game of rugby league is best enjoyed when the viewer has a good understanding of the game. Being one of Australia’s premier sporting codes, many aprttake in NRL betting throughout the season. It is necessary to understand how the game works and how points are earned to understand the NRL odds.


The field is rectangular, including two H-shaped posts on the try lines on either end of the field. A Rugby League game takes 80 minutes and is broken down into two 40-minute halves. After the first 40-minute half both teams switch sides (attacking directions) for the second half.

Rugby League sides are allowed thirteen players on the ground and four substitutes on the reserves bench. The match starts with the kick-off, where one side generally kicks the ball deep into the opposition’s half. The side who receives the ball then has six tackles to move the ball up the field or score try. If they get to the last tackle they have to kick the ball otherwise they turn over possession where the tackle is made.

Terminology and point system:

  • Try: A try is awarded when the ball is placed with pressure over the opposing team’s tryline. A try is worth four points.
  • Conversion: When a player scores a try, one player from the team is given a chance to add two more points to the scoreboard. This is done by place-kicking the ball over the post from the position the try was scored.
  • Drop Goal: Awarded one point if a player kicks a drop goal in general play.
  • Penalty Goal: The other team is given a chance to the goal if one team fouls, and if they do, they are awarded 2 points. If the opposition is penalised, the team awarded the penalty will be given the opportunity to kick a place kick from the position of the penalty. This adds two points to the scoreboard.

Rules associated with the game:

Understanding these rules can help improve viewing and engagement of games. These are also important for one to understand when betting on the NRL through different sport betting sites. The ball requires to be passed backwards when transferred by hand. Players will move the ball as many times as they choose until they are tackled during possession. Team members have the ball in their control for six tackles. Once tackled, the player will “play the ball” backwards using their foot to roll the ball to a teammate standing behind him. Once the player is tackled, the opponent must free him to allow him to play the ball. On the sixth tackle, teams will typically want to boot the ball down the field to make a territorial gain.

The scrum involves six players per team as a way of restarting play after the ball has been knocked-on, a player is taken outside the field of play or a forward pass occurs.

Players will be penalised if they are in front of a team member when kicking the ball and are thought to intervene with play. Players are not permitted to contact the ball if they were farther up the ground than a team member who kicked the ball up the field, i.e. only players who are behind the ball kicker are allowed to contact the ball.

Penalties may be issued under such situations, including high tackles, punching an opponent, intentionally tripping, throwing a ball as a player attempts to pick it up, using offensive language. In extreme circumstances players will be sent to the “bin” for 10 minutes or will be sent off. They can also go “on report” where the match review committee will investigate the incident.



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