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Thread: Australian rules football vs. rugby?

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    Default Australian rules football vs. rugby?

    What is the difference? When I was in Oz, a bartender tried to explain, but I was liquored up and didn't comprehend the answer.

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    Hmm where to start. I will try to keep this as brief as I can.
    The Rugby we explain will be Rugby Union. Rugby League has slightly different rules.
    In Rugby, the point of the game is to place a roughly oval inflated bag of pigskin behind a line. 12 other people will assist you in this endeavour.
    There are two lines, one at each end of a large paddock.
    The problem is, there are 13 other people facing you who are just as determined to stop you doing this.
    One person from the opposing team kicks the ball toward you to commence play. Either you or one of your team mates catches the ball and runs like hell toward the other end of the field. The other team will attempt to knock you to the ground and then jump on you. A large number of his team mates will also want to jump on you too, so it is a good idea to throw the ball to someone else on your team before you are caught. You must throw the ball so that it generally goes behind you. If you throw it so it goes forward, this is a forward pass and there is a good chance the other team will get the ball (which is the previously mentioned inflated bag of pigskin).
    Your team runs at the other line throwing the ball to each other until the person with the ball is caught (see previous paragraph) or one of you manages to get to the line and place the ball on the ground. If this is done correctly, your team has scored a try and will be awarded 3 points.
    You may then convert the try to 5 points by kicking the ball from a place kick and causing it to go over the cross bar of the posts and between the posts. You must however kick the ball from an imaginary line drawn back from the point where the ball was put down. So it is a good idea to put the ball down behind the line as close as possible to the centre of the field. Makes it much easier for your goal kicker.
    So you can see. Rugby is very much a running game.

    Now Australian Rules.
    Four posts are places at each end of a field; the two in the centre are higher than the outside ones. The object of the game is to kick the ball so it goes between the two centre posts. If you can do this, your team will be awarded 6 points. If the ball goes between one of the centre posts and the smaller outside posts you have scored a”behind” (unlucky name really) and you are awarded 1 point.
    Of course the other team will do everything in it’s power to stuff up your kicks.
    They can tackle you, push you and many other things.
    Now if someone kicks the ball and you catch it on the full, (without it bouncing on the ground first), you have achieved a “Mark” and the other team must stand back 5 metres and let you kick the ball unhindered. You may take your time to do this.
    It is permissible, if an opposing member of a team is going to catch a high ball, you may jump on his shoulders to get to the ball first, achieving a mark. This usually draws much admiration from the crowd.
    You may pass the ball to another member of your team but you must place it on your hand and punch it to them with the other hand. You just can’t just throw it. If you do elect the run with the ball, you must bounce it every 6(?) steps.
    So as you can see, it is more of a kicking game than a running game.

    Hope that helped

    Last edited by Ken B; 11-05-2009 at 12:03 PM.

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    Or to come at it from a different perspective:

    Aussie Rules

    Rugby League
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    As far as I know Aussie rules is played in a cricket pitch, Rugby is played on a a rectangular pitch

    Rugby has H shaped posts at each end of the pitch, Aussie rules has four vertical posts at each end of the pitch

    There are generally more punch ups in Aussie rules than in rugby, although this can vary depending on who is playing who

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