Safari Sevens is the biggest event this weekend and here’s your guide to understanding what’s happening on the field

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Safari Sevens is the biggest event happening this weekend but do you know anything about Rugby? The sevens team is the defending champion for this year’s Safari Sevens. It’s all anyone’s going to be talking about for the next couple of days, might as well learn a few things. For this, we turned to our resident Sports reporter Richard Munga.

If you’re an expert on the game of rugby, then this article is not for you. This article is for those of you who want to be part of this weekend’s biggest event and still contribute to conversations taking place in the stands or at your nearest local.

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What is Rugby and how is it played?

Rugby is often described as a contact sport that is played by two teams, in this case, each team consisting of seven players. Unlike in football where the players are only allowed to kick the ball, in rugby you can carry, kick or pass the ball to the end zone.

A goal is a try…

And is scored by touching the ball down in the opposition’s end zone.

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A scrum happens when…

The players come together with their heads down and attempt to gain possession of the ball. It also restarts a play after a minor foul, eg. Knock-on, a forward pass.

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There are red cards and yellow cards in rugby too

When a player gets a yellow card, they are sent to the sin bin, meaning they sit out of the game, for 10 minutes. A red card, which is an accumulation of two yellow cards, just like in football, means that the player will not continue playing in the game.

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Rugby is not as complicated as it seems…

…you just need to pay attention and let theflow of the game sink in.

The best place to watch the game

If you have a ticket, you can watch the game at the RFUEA grounds this weekend, at home, you can get live coverage on KBC Channel one or you can watch it at your local bar.

 

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