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Definitions and terms for Rugby at SFMS


The name given for a score in Rugby Tag


pulling the runner's flag

tap & pass

Used to start the game and restart the game after a penalty. Defense must stand 7 meters back (another name for free pass)

in touch

out of bounds


placing the ball after a try

try line

the line the ball is set on to score

knock on

fumbled ball forward


illegal taking of the ball out of someone's hands


illegal knocking down of a passs

pulling shirts

illegal way to gain an advantage by tugging on a runner's clothing

kicking spin

illegal evasive move by the runner

dropped ball

a missed pass. If no advantage is gained, play continues, if advantage is gained, the ball is turned over.

7 meters

distance defense must be back for a free pass

evasive running

running maneuvers to try to avoid having your flag pulled


illegal and dangerous method of getting to the ball by going to the ground

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