The Crusaders score the first ever 'power try' in professional rugby

Western Force v Crusaders - World Series Rugby

Back in May, Rugby Australia saw a request for a temporary closed laws trial for matches involving the Western Force this year approved by the World Rugby Executive Committee.

Western Force, the Perth-based Western Australian club are currently competing in the "World Series Rugby", a competition new to the sport as of 2018.

The inaugural format sees the Force playing against representative teams from Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

In addition to the new competition, the two following rule amendments have also been put in place.

When a try is scored from play initiated from within the try scoring team’s own 22m and there is no break in continuity of possession by the scoring team, the try is awarded seven points (not five points). A conversion attempt would follow (making nine points total).

If possession changes or a penalty, lineout or scrum is awarded, then this breaks the sequence of possession for the try scoring team and a normal five-point try would be earned.

What this rule generally enforces is the possibility of scoring a "power try", a try which, if converted - can be worth nine points instead of the standard seven points.

And this past weekend saw history made as the first ever power try was scored as the Crusaders made light work of the Force at Perth's nib Stadium in a blowout 44-8 win.

The Christchurch-based New Zealand side, who compete in Super Rugby, were strong out of the gate as halfback Mitchell Drummond bagged the unprecedented score just six minutes into the match.

But it certainly appears to be a format to encourage more expansive play and providing it continues to produce more entertaining fixtures, could well be something the game's lawmakers start to consider branching out.

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