By Jose Roa ’20
The Boy’s Rugby season has started and everyone is welcomed. The amount of players needed to play rugby is 15. This sport uses an oval shaped ball. The players can run with the ball, kick the ball, or pass the ball, but not forward.
Rugby is a contact sport, meaning that the players can tackle an opponent in order to get the ball, as long as the type of tackle is within the rules.
The main goal of each team is to score. The team can score in four different ways: Try, which means being able to touch the ball down in the opponent’s in-goal area and this will score the team five points; Penalty Kick, which takes place when a Penalty has been called for an infraction and this kick is worth three points; Dropped Goal, which occurs when the player drops the ball on the ground and then kicks the ball as it bounces and this kick is worth three points; Conversion Kick, this kick is worth two points. The kick is taken from the spot where the ball was originally landed.
Bryan Montiel, junior; Cristian Ortiz, junior; and Emmanuel Santoyo, junior, joined rugby for the first time. Santoyo stated, “I decided to join rugby because I like to stay active and the best way for me is to play sports.” While Ortiz decided to join rugby due to his friend, Emmanuel Velasco, who is currently a junior and kept telling Ortiz to join since freshman year. Ortiz stated, “I think that a good rugby player is someone who gives it his all during practices and games to make sure that he can do anything to support the best of the team.”
On the other hand, Montiel and Santoyo believe that it depends on the players condition because you will need strength to play the game. Santoyo also believes that “the hardest part of rugby is having enough stamina to play the whole game.”
Ortiz expressed that “the hardest part about rugby is just being mentally prepared to play the sport because there are so many things that can happen in the game. You need to understand that you might get injured, so that’s a constant fear or something that causes you to be nervous like in any other sport.”
All three students would recommend the sport to fellow peers. Ortiz believes that “it doesn’t matter whether you’re big or small, chunky or skinny, everybody can play rugby as long as they give it their all and try their best.” Santoyo said, “I recommend it to others since it’s like a combination of other sports like soccer and basketball that most people know of.”
The Rugby team is welcoming any new students, but the student has to put in his all to succeed with the team.