The basic aim of the game of rugby league is simple. All the team has to do is score more points than the other team. Each team has six tackles and therefore six chances to score. If there has been no score after that then the ball is given to the other team and then they get six tackles.

In rugby league you can score 4 points for a try. This occurs when the ball is ‘grounded’ past the try line. When a try has been scored the team is given the chance to get an extra 2 points from a conversion – kicking the ball through the posts above the crossbar. If a try has not been scored there is the chance to get 1 point from a drop goal – the player drop kicks the ball and tries to get it over the crossbar between the posts. A penalty goal is worth 2 points.

There are 2 halves of the game, each lasting for 40 minutes. There may be injury time at the end of one or both of the halves. Between the 2 halves is a 10 minute break. When the game resumes the teams change ends. The start and end of each half is indicated by a whistle and play has to stop at the end of the half unless the ball is still in play.

The game of rugby league is played on a pitch that is 100 metres in length. It also measures 68 metres in width. There are markings on the pitch that show the goal lines, the deadlines and the halfway line.

The full rules of rugby league are much more complicated than can be covered here, but these are the basic points that can explain the game to those who are new to it.