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 4 tries (Posted on 2006-04-24)
For a Rugby Union game, what's the smallest score that allows you to say that there must have been at least four (converted or not) tries?

"20" isn't the correct answer, because you could have managed it with two converted tries and two penalties. "21" isnīt it either, for three converted tries suffice, and "22" also doesnīt work, for you can manage it with less than 4 tries.

NB. The scoring is: 3 for a drop-goal or penalty kick. 5 for a try, and 7 for a converted try (A converted try is when a try has been scored, and the team that scored kicks the ball between the posts.)

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I don't know anything about the rules of rugby, but is there a limit to the number of "drop-goals" or penalty kicks?  It would seem that any total score would require at most one try:

23 = 1 try, 6 drop-goals
24 = 8 drop-goals
25 = 1 converted try, 6 drop-goals
26 = 1 try, 7 drop-goals
27 = 9 drop-goals
28 = 1 converted try, 7 drop-goals
etc.

Is there something I'm missing?

 Posted by tomarken on 2006-04-24 08:58:11

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