My boys got beat yesterday by a HUGE team from West End in VA.
The other guys were like, "Yeah, we're all football players" and when we said, "Yes we can tell" they got mad and wouldn't let it go. One kid said, "But we beat you...?" I guess it bugged them.
So finally I had to tell them that you don't tackle like you're in a football game...no jumping over piles, no tackling at the knees, no pile driving (time consuming)
You don't taunt (very un-rugby), you don't say that the other team is "sh**" loud enough in your "huddle" so that everyone can hear you, especially when you are up, you don't punch people (one kid got ejected for this-but my boys said at least 3 others should have gone too)
And you don't allow your blood thirsty coach to run up the score on teams...you'll get a bad reputation in the league. (They have been beating their opponents by 50 points or more, we lost 42-0 but they only scored twice in the first half and I guess their coach was upset about that, he was calling them every name in the book at the half)
I ended it by saying, "Son, this is rugby...the other team receives your immediate respect just by the fact that they've had the courage to step out onto the field with no helmets, no padding, and no shin guards.
Even though you may be bigger and stronger and you are killing everyone else, the other team is just as big a bad ass as your team, simply because they play rugby....you all need to remember that....
PIC of my two boys, they are in the green and are running together and Hubbo is reffing in the green & white striped shirt, this pic was taken right before Jake (who is only 14) laid OUT the kid who is getting ready to catch the ball. I didn't get that shot though 'cause I was too caught up in the fine tackle that he had !!!!!!! (But he was mad that I missed it)