LEAGUE LEGENDS: Rhys Galdal, Tom Sheridan and Trent Knight are ready for the Hybrid Rugby Game .
LEAGUE LEGENDS: Rhys Galdal, Tom Sheridan and Trent Knight are ready for the Hybrid Rugby Game . Blake Antrobus

Maranoa to get its first taste of Hybrid Rugby

THESE sporting titans may be used to their own respective games of football, but they’re about to be pushed out of their comfort zones at the first Maranoa Hybrid Rugby match on Saturday.

The Roma Echidnas’ Rhys Galdal and Tom Sheridan and Wallumbilla-Surat Red Bulls’ Trent Knight will be participants in the hybrid rugby game at Bassett Park, which will combine the rules of rugby union and league.

The match concept has been designed, organised and sponsored by the Western Star.

Trent said it would be interesting to see how the day pans out, with a lot of his side having never played union before.

“It’s definitely a new experience for us, but we’re hoping that we can turn it into something pretty good,” he said.

“We want to put on a show for everyone, get a bit of a crowd going at the park.”

The Echidnas also channelled similar sentiments, with the mixing of rules from two different types of sports presenting a challenge for Tom Sheridan.

“We hope it’s not too much of a headache for everyone trying to learn all the different rules, but it should be a pretty good start for both clubs in the season,” he said.

Western Star editor and chief organiser Tom Gillespie said the aim of the match was to promote the skills and abilities of both sets of players.

“I love both codes of rugby in their own unique ways and I saw this as an opportunity to show off the rules and laws in a really fun way,” he said.

“This is going to be a lot of fun.”

The hybrid rugby game will be played at 6.15pm.

RULES OF HYBRID RUGBY

– Hybrid rugby is a 13-a-side match between a union and league side.

– The rules depend on which side of the field you are in – while within your own half, league rules apply. When you get over halfway, it becomes full union rules.

– Both rule sets are determined by a 60-second shot clock, which will reset when you cross over the halfway or there is a stoppage or in-play changeover.

– Tries are worth five points, conversions and penalty goals are worth two and drop goals are worth one point.

The referees will communicate to the players which rules apply, with a league and union official on the field at all times.


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