The 9-point try is one of a number of intriguing experimental laws currently being trialled in South Africa’s Varsity Cup
These new laws have been introduced in an effort to try and make the game more exciting and interesting to watch. The laws award bonus points for tries depending on from where it is scored.
If a team scores a try and began the move between the half-way line and the opponents’ 22 and keep possession from start to finish, they’ll be rewarded with two bonus points, meaning the try is worth seven points.
If a team scores a try and began the move in their own half, and keep possession from start to finish, they’ll be awarded four bonus points, meaning the try is worth nine points.
There is also the usual two-point conversion which means a team can potentially gain a whopping 11-points for a converted try if they successfully manage run the ball from their own 22 and score.
Under the new rules, a player can also call a ‘free catch’, which is essentially a mark but not solely restricted to the 22 as seen in the video below.