Rugby in Teso College Aloet
Rugby is a game new to Teso College, but, with the support of the administration, it now has a large and loyal following. Two enthusiastic rugby teams, for the junior and senior students, play the game regularly.
Read more about recent Teso College rugby matches at the Hub
The Game of Rugby
Rugby union, also known as rugby or rugby football, is a full-contact sport based on running while carrying the ball. It is played on a rectangular field approximately 157 yd long by 77 yd wide with two H-shaped goals on either end at the ‘try line’ about 24 yd from the end of the field, called the ‘dead ball line’. There are two teams of fifteen players each (usually with a backup of seven or eight substitutes in case of injury, exhaustion etc).
Rugby games are made up of two 40-minute halves with a break in the middle, with the teams exchanging goals after the break. The object of the game is to score points, which is accomplished by scoring a ‘try’, which is worth five points, after which the scoring team has the opportunity to kick the ball off the ground for a “conversion” worth two points. A try is scored when a player touches the ball to the ground on the other side of the opposing team’s try line, between it and the dead ball line. The player must be touching the ball when it grounded.
The game starts with a drop kick, with players trying to control the ball and advance it towards the opponent’s goal. Players cannot pass the ball in a forward direction─passes must be backwards or to the side. The ball can be moved forward by a player kicking the ball or carrying it. If these or other minor rules are broken it results in a ‘scrum’.
During a scrum eight members of each team bind together in three rows and interlock with the front members of the other team. The ball is placed in the center between the two packs and they fight for its possession.
Players try to stop the opposing team from carrying the ball towards their goal. They may ‘tackle’ the player with the ball by holding him and bringing him to the ground. If the tackled player stays on his feet a ‘ruck’ or a ‘maul’ may occur. A ruck happens when other players bind to the original players, usually by interlocking shoulders, and contest for possession of the ball by pushing the other team off the ball or using their feet to hook it back to their own side. Using the hands is not allowed. A maul occurs when the player carrying the ball is held by one or more opponents, and one or more of the ball carrier’s team mates bind on the ball carrier.
For serious infractions of the rules penalty kicks may be awarded.
Teso College Aloet Rugby Teams 2016
|Senior Team (Under 17)||Junior Team (Under 14)|
|1||Paul Ameitum||5Sc I||Victor Obukor (Captain)||3a|
|2||Emmanuel Kimong||5Sci II||Peter Agwau (Asst. Cap)||3A|
|3||Ivan Okwalo||5Sci I||Joseph Mark Akol||3a|
|4||Felix Awel||5Sci I||Jabez Aterar||3b|
|5||Ronald Opiding||5Sci I||Mark Enau||3a|
|6||Tom Opolot||5Arts||Isaac Ebieu||3A|
|7||Paul Alemu||5Arts||Abraham Esiana||3a|
|8||Vincent Odong (Asst. Capt)||5 Sci I||Martin Egau||b|
|9||Wilbert Eyapu||5Arts||Daniel Olupot||3B|
|10||Jonathan Ebuju||5Arts||Emmanuel Omit||3B|
|11||Emmanuel Erabu||5Sci I||Emmanuel Edogu||3b|
|12||Benjamin Elaku (Captain)||5Arts||Raymond Oluka||3a|
|13||Joseph Okello||5Sci I|
|14||Andrew Balibali||5Sci II|
|16||Stephen Enakwu||5Sci I|