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QU women’s rugby to play in national semifinal

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Rugby is a game not familiar to most Americans.

Most view it as that foreign game similar to football.

But the Quinnipiac Women’s Rugby team knows the game well, and is playing it right. The Bobcats will play Winona State (Minn.) in the USA Rugby Women’s Collegiate Division II National Championship Semifinals at Stanford University this Friday. Women’s rugby is not an NCAA sanctioned sport but is a club sport instead.

Quinnipiac’s Women’s Rugby team is undefeated this season with a 14-0 record. The team has embarrassed opponents in multiple games this year. The Bobcats defeated Binghamton University 91-0 on September 9. A week later they blew out SUNY New Paltz, 94-0. On October 14 the Bobcats demolished Hofstra, 130-0.

Recently Quinnipiac’s margin of victory hasn’t been so large. In the national round of 16 the Bobcats beat Lee University (Tenn.), 25-20. In the national round of eight, Quinnipiac defeated Appalachian State (N.C.), 22-10.

The Winona State Black Katts are also undefeated this season. The Black Katts have been playing good rugby as of late. They defeated Indiana (Penn.), 32-7, in the national round of 16 and Denison (Ohio), 54-3, in the national round of eight. Winona State played in the national championship last year but lost to Norwich University (Vt.), 82-12.

Quinnipiac vs. Winona State begins Friday at noon.

An Introduction to Rugby

There are different types of rugby, differing in the number of players per side. The Quinnipiac women play rugby union, with 15 players from each team on the field at once. Eight players are called forwards, playing a position similar to linemen and linebackers in football. The other seven players are called backs. They are similar to football’s skilled players, like the quarterback, running backs, wide receivers, and defensive backs.

The length of a rugby game differs as well. Rugby games consist of two 40-minute halves, compared to football’s four 15-minute quarters.

The types of plays in rugby are different from those of football. In rugby the forward pass is illegal. The ball can either be kicked forward, carried, or passed laterally or backwards.

Rugby also has different scoring. There are tries, worth five points, that are similar to touchdowns. A try is scored when a team gets the ball to their opponents try zone, which is like the end-zone.

Conversions are similar to the extra point. After a try the ball is kicked through the goal posts. Successful tries are worth two points.

Like football has the field goal, rugby has the drop goal worth three points. A drop goal is kicked through the posts by any player from any position. The only requirement is that the ball is kicked immediately after hitting the ground. There are also penalty kicks, similar to those in soccer, worth three points.

Take a more in-depth look at the basics of rugby at: http://pennwomensrugby.weebly.com/rules-of-the-game.html