Telegraph subs: You naughty boys!March 25, 2012 Tim WorstallNewspaper Watch11 CommentsHarlequins 16 Bath 4: match report Eh? How do you score 4 points in rugby union? previousNever let the inspectors and regulators be competitorsnextBollocks to the FSA say I 11 thoughts on “Telegraph subs: You naughty boys!” Captain Fatty March 25, 2012 at 9:16 am When I was playing rugby in the olden days a try scored four points and a conversion added another two. Of course nowadays after all the mucking about with the rules who knows how the game is scored or even played? Cheers, Fatty Grumpy Old Man March 25, 2012 at 9:35 am @ Captain Fatty. Stripling! I was playing in the good old days of the 3 point try. The idea of the 4/5 pointer was to stop kicking for points and make the game more interesting. However, as a team needs to get into the opposing 22 5 or 6 times to be sure of scoring a try, teams have worked out that a possible 18 points from penalty kicks is better than a possible 7 points from the same effort. plus la change. Tim adds: I won’t claim I played in those days but there was a time when the try scored zero. Only the conversion racked up the points. Rub-a-dub March 25, 2012 at 10:12 am Why don’t they just haggle? Let the market decide the true value of a try. 😉 Cody March 25, 2012 at 10:21 am Oh hey, the match was reffed by Wayne Barnes. After his shockingly poor performance reffing the SA vs Aussie match in the last World Cup, I’d believe almost anything. Maybe he decided to change how many points a try is worth – after all, he seems to like making up the rules as he goes along. (Note: As a kiwi, I was, obviously, hoping that both sides could lose in that game, so don’t think it was just because I didn’t like the outcome.) Cody March 25, 2012 at 10:31 am Obviously my last comment was meant to read “Wales” not “Aussie”. Feh. Although the actual SA vs Aussie game had shocking refereeing too. 🙂 So Much For Subtlety March 25, 2012 at 10:35 am They scored a field goal but inflation and the conversion to the European standard caused it to be rounded up to four? Matthew L March 25, 2012 at 10:47 am Tim adds: I won’t claim I played in those days but there was a time when the try scored zero. Only the conversion racked up the points. Well of course – that’s why it’s called a try, it gives you the right to try for a goal. If you do so successfully you’ve converted the attempt into points. Of course, the Americans couldn’t handle that so they renamed it a “touchdown” – and then eliminated the actual touching down of the ball. nautical nick March 25, 2012 at 11:58 am Perhaps “Bath” is a verb…… Rub-a-dub March 25, 2012 at 6:43 pm “Well of course – that’s why it’s called a try, it gives you the right to try for a goal. ” I’d always assumed it was because it was worth three points! TomJ March 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm Back in the day, what we now know as a fullback was known as the back, there was one half-back and the three-quarters. Then Cardiff, if I recall correctly, started emplying a three-quarter to run swiftly past the half-back, receiving a pass en route, who became known as the flying-half… David Gillies March 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm It was three points for a try when I played. And there was none of this bloody lifting your mates up in the line-in. And helmets were for poofters. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.