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A football match is won by a team scoring a higher total than its opponent.

Rugby league scores are measured in the abstract unit of points. Values are attached to the different scoring events possible in a game.

Changes in scoring over time[1][2][3][4]
Period Unconverted try Value of conversion Converted try Penalty goal Drop goal Field goal Goal from mark
18711875 0 1 1 - 1 1 -
18751886 0* 1 1 - 1 1 -
18861888 1 2 3 - 3 3 -
18881891 1 2 3 2 3 3 -
18911893 2 3 5 3 4 4 4
18931897 3 2 5 3 4 4 4
18971922 3 2 5 2 2 2 2
19221950 3 2 5 2 2 2 -
19501971 3 2 5 2 2 - -
19711983 3 2 5 2 1 - -
1983YYYY 4 2 6 2 1 - -
*Games won by majority of goals. If goals scored equal, match decided by majority of tries.
From 1875 to 1877, all tries counted. From 1877 to 1886, only unconverted tries counted.

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[edit] Development

[edit] Goals scoring system

In 1871, the newly formed Rugby Football Union stated that a match could be decided by goals alone.[1]

[edit] Points scoring system

Following failed proposals, a points scoring system was approved by the RFU in October 1886.[1]

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Trueman, Nigel (2012-04-01). "Scoring through the ages". rugbyfootballhistory.com. Archived from the original on 2013-02-24. http://www.webcitation.org/6EgAe507p. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  2. RFU (2011-10-04). "Why a Try?". Rugby Football Union. Archived from the original on 2013-02-24. http://www.webcitation.org/6Eg08nz6v. 
  3. Fagan, Sean (2007). Dixon, Kim. ed. The rugby rebellion centenary edition: Pioneers of rugby league. Australia: RL1908. p. 393. ISBN 978-0-9757563-0-0. 
  4. Collins, Tony (2010-09-04). "Field goals redux: the pedants are revolting...". Rugby Reloaded. Tony Collins. Archived from the original on 2011-03-29. http://www.webcitation.org/5xYVj02yG. Retrieved 2011-03-29.