RFU Brings Turbo 10s To Kingston Park

Friday 8 May 2015

RFU trials shortened form of the game, including “Power Play” at Kingston Park.

The RFU recently held their Turbo 10’s Trial at Kingston Park Stadium. The format of the event sees tries and conversions being worth more or less points depending on where they have been scored or kicked from as well as the inclusion of a two minute Power Play in which points are doubled.

The event was a huge success and saw involvement from six local colleges in the form of St Johns 6th Form, TyneMet College, Stockton, Darlington, Hartlepool FE and Cramlington.

Speaking of the event Women’s Rugby World Cup winner and former England captain Tamara Taylor said: “It was a really good day and the boys involved seemed to embrace the spirit of the competition, and the tactical edge that the rules allow for.”

The RFU’s Turbo 10s initiative features a 10-a-side game which aims to promote greater participation and player retention within the game.

The rules of the game include a number of differences to those of the 15-a-side game and are as follows:

  • Ten-a-side teams with rolling subs
  • Match officials each take a turn to officiate the centre in each period while the non-officiating referee monitors scores and oversees the “PowerPlay”.
  • Each team can use an attacking “PowerPlay” at any time (once per team) lasting two minutes; points scored within this period count double
  • There are a number of zones of differing try points behind the try line, these are:
    • Area A under the posts counting for six points
    • Area B between the posts and 15m line counting for five points
    • Area C running from 15m to the touchline and counting for four points
  • Try scorers must convert their own try with a drop goal but can nominate which zone they wish to kick from as above, points as follows:
    • One point for area A
    • Two points in area B
    • Three in area C
  • Each team is allowed to nominate either a three or five-man scrum to allow tactical use of scrums, similar to lineouts
  • Free kicks are awarded for all infringements, excepting those for foul play which lead to full penalties
  • In any breakdown only the ball carrier and one supporting player as well as the scrum half should be involved when attacking whilst only the tackler plus one other player should be involved when defending
  • Kicking the ball off field on the full will give away a free kick from wherever the original kick took place

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