Touchdown vs. Try

Ball used in football (left) and the ball used in rugby (right) Photo credit: Jesus Bustos

 Jesus Bustos ’17

A clash between two sports, the modern version being football and the original version being rugby.  Both are popular, but which one is better?

Rugby is said to be the starting point of football. When football was created, it was more like rugby, but now the two are seen as very different.

In rugby, players play the game without protection except for a mouth guard. However, in football, players wear helmets, pads, and mouth guards. This may be one reason that some people consider rugby to be a “more manly sport,, said Ricardo Angel, a sophomore.

Other differences are that football has 11 players on the field at a time, while in rugby there could be 15 players on the field. In football, it is all about tactics and strategies to move on forward, but in rugby, players are roam more freely around.  Most of the strongest players in Rugby are put in forward positions, being able to push forward, while the fastest players are at the back, allowing them to carry the ball the furthest ahead. Football’s biggest and strongest are usually put on the line of scrimmage, blocking for players or rushing the quarterback. The fastest players are runningbacks and receivers who can advance the ball forward via handoff or catch, giving them a chance to score.

A similarity which football and rugby have is that in both games you can score two different ways. In football, you can score by advancing the ball across the goal line, calling it a “touchdown.” Another way to score in football is being able to kick the ball between the two goal posts, which is called a “field goal.” In rugby, you have to carry the ball and putting the ball in the score line being a “try.” You can also kick the ball between the goal post to score.

Both sports require the players to use strength, speed, and endurance. Some students join football to “let [their] anger or stress out,” stated Angel.

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