The Game

How the game is played

A Rugby League match is played between two teams of 13 players and lasts for 80 minutes, with one 15-minute halftime break between 40 halves. Both teams are allowed four extra players as replacements.

A ‘try’ involves touching the ball to the ground on or beyond the defending team’s goal-line and is worth four points. A ‘goal’ may be gained from a kicked conversion after a try or a penalty and is worth two points. A field goal, or drop goal, is gained by dropping and then kicking the ball on the half volley between the uprights in open play and is worth one point. An attacking team gets a maximum of six tackles to progress up the field before possession is changed over. Tackles above the chest and shoulder charges are not allowed.