Rugby goals

Rugby goals you set and achieve as well as score. Field, drop, penalty fitness, personal. How you set, get and score plenty.

Various Goals

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Own goals

Fitness and personal goals

Penalty goals

Field goals or dropped goals

Conversion goals

Own goals

Unlike football (soccer), there is no concept of an "own goal" - putting the ball in your own net (soccer) or scoring a try against your own team.

To find out more about what happens when the ball is behind your own try line and you are having problems getting it back into the field of play, look at rugby tries

For "own goals" meaning personal rugby goals, read on.

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Fitness and personal goals

When I was younger I had terrible problems with my chest.

Cold weather in the North of England made it difficult to breath at times - but when it was sports afternnon at school, even if it was freezing, you were expected to play.

I loved rugby and it was hard enough doing that in the middle of winter but when the ground was frozen and it was too hard for rugby, well, we just switched to Cross Country!!!

All I did was manage to get round the course.

Learning to set goals

Then came the day of the House Cross Country race.

I remember it as freezing cold, snow on the ground.

The course was along the straight and level to the round-about...

  • a long down hill stretch down the ring-road
  • through the mud and puddles in the woods

  • back up the far side of the hill on slushy country roads
  • a final stretch along the flat

It must have been a good day chest-wise.

I managed to do quite well down the long downhill ring-road stretch.

Then we were going through the woods.

We were all tired by then so the pace slowed.

But then I thought I`m not that tired, I`ll put on a little spurt and get past those two and I did.

Then I did it again. Then I did it again.

Then we got onto the uphill country roads and it was hard.

But not that hard. We had all slowed a bit because we expected it to be hard.

But I tried again. I`ll put on a little spurt and get past that group and I did and I kept on doing it, passing a small group each time!

Well. when we got to the flat at the end I was pretty tired and although I tried to do it again those runners held me off.

But what a difference! I beat the standard that day and placed pretty well.

What an amazing lesson!

What I think I learned is that when things are tough or appear to be tough and you put in a little extra the rewards are huge compared with other times.

Setting rugby goals

After such an experience you start setting goals for yourself.

Running further.

Whenever I was going anywhere, I set myself a goal of getting to, say, a distant lamp post.

When I got there I said "Keep going, you can make it to the gate".

When I got to the gate I said "Keep going, do 6 more steps"

You can see what I mean. You become really fit!

Maybe you knew how to do this anyway

but if you didn`t - you do now!

You achieve a huge amount when you set goals.

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Penalty goals

When the opposition break the rules you may be awarded a penalty and choose to "have a shot at goal".

If successful, you score a penalty goal.

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Field goals (dropped goals)

These are two names for the same type of rugby goal. A field goal is similar to a penalty goal in that the ball must go over the bar and between the "sticks" (posts).

The field goal is different from the penalty in that you can attempt the kick when and where you want in the field of play and during the general run of play. You don`t need to signal you are going to do it and you don`t need permission.

Also, just to make it a bit more difficult, you have to bounce the ball on the ground before you kick it! You score field goals using a drop kick.

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Conversion goals

When you have scored a try you attempt to get extra points by kicking at goal. You can attempt to score using a drop kick or a place kick. Its called a conversion.

Where you take the kick from is important and you can make it easier for the kicker. How you do this is explained in rugby tries.

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You`re here now and know how to do it - so make sure you set some rugby goals! When you achieve them, set some more!