Wheelchair Rugby League Finals Day
Richard Dunn Sports Centre in Bradford hosts the Wheelchair Rugby League Grand Finals Day this Sunday September 11.
The first game kicks off at 11.15am where the undefeated Mersey Vikings take on hosts Bradford Bulls in the Championship Final.
Halifax WRLC will then go head to head with Bury Jigsaw in the Super League Final at 3pm. This promises to be an enthralling match up as the last time these two sides met, the game ended in a thrilling 60-60 tie.
The climax of the Super League competition will feature some of England’s finest Wheelchair Rugby League players taking to the court and admission for all spectators is free.
Wheelchair Rugby League is similar to the 13-a-side running game with adaptations made for wheelchair users, although you do not have to be disabled to play.
Teams can have a maximum of two able bodied players on court at the same time out of the five players on court.
Tries are scored with downward pressure over the try line but those with limited movement who cannot reach the floor have to touch the ball on their wheel as they cross the line for a try to count.
Once scored, tries are then converted by punching the ball over the posts using an extended post to position the ball at chair height. Drop goals are very rare but do happen. The ball must hit the floor and then be punched over on its way back up for it to be legal.
Tackles are made by removing tags off the player’s shoulders. As in the running game once six tackles have been completed, the ball is turned over to the other team.
Once tackled, the play the ball to restart play is simple. The player must tap the ball on the floor then pass it behind to an oncoming teammate.
Players must remember to replace at least one tag on their shoulder before playing the ball to avoid being penalised. Games are played in two halves of 40 minutes.
For more information about Wheelchair Rugby League visit www.therfl.co.uk/play/wheelchair