Rugby League is fast becoming one of the favourite summer sports. With so many matches now available to watch live, it’s easier than ever to take advantage of the many Rugby League betting markets offered at top bookies, both ante-post and in-play. The Super League accounts for a large portion of rugby betting across the world. The league pits the best of the best against each, in a similar fashion to the Premier League for football. Rugby League betting has become widespread across the internet and is offered by most top online betting sites covering rugby. Some markets that interest punters include the regular season winner and grand final winner of the Super League. With increasing interest in the Super League, some top bookmakers now offer in-play betting and live streaming services for the league too. Read on to find out all there is to know about wagering Rubgy League matches, including the World Cup, each and every year!
Rugby League shares many attributes with Rugby Union, which is almost identical in terms of gameplay, with the main difference being the tackling system. In Rugby League, the attacking team has six chances (six tackles) to attempt to score. After the sixth tackle possession changes over to the other team. This restriction is not present in Rugby Union.
The Super League consists of 14 teams, who play each other twice a season, home and away. A 27th game is added on top of this at the ‘Magic Weekend’, where all the teams play in the same stadium over a single weekend. As you can imagine, with so many matches taking place, this is one of the most popular times for betting on the Super League. At the end of the season, the top eight teams from the league then enter the playoffs, before the Super League Trophy is handed to the winners of the Grand Final.
The rise in popularity of the Super League has led to an increased appetite for Rugby League betting, and there are some key points worth noting before trying your hand at it. You can, of course, bet on the Super League regular season winner and Grand Final winner, though given the dominance of certain teams (such as St Helens, Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors and Bradford Bulls), it can be hard to find value in these markets. Punters, therefore, tend to turn their attention to the match markets, which can be bet on in-play, giving them the chance to a game unfold before staking their money.
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The main pitfall to Rugby League betting is that there are an awful lot of mismatches throughout the season. Some of the big teams can be huge odds-on favourites, and this forces punters into the handicap markets. With the top teams being more than capable of overcoming sizeable handicaps against the weaker sides, this can be a great way to find better value when betting on Rugby League. However, if you wager on a Super League handicap market, it’s advisable to remember that the scoring system differs from rugby union, with four points awarded for a try, two for a conversion and one for a drop goal. An alternative way to find some of the best Rugby League odds is to target matches that look set to be a more even contest. Indeed, as the Super League grows in popularity and more money comes into the sport, it’s sure to get more competitive, meaning more appealing odds more often.
The Rugby League World Cup is an international tournament in which members of the Rugby League International Federation take part. The final of the World Cup results in noticeably higher Rugby League betting figures. The current format of the competition has been used since the 2013 tournament, featuring 14 teams split into 2 groups of 4 and 2 groups of 3. Three teams from the groups of four qualify for the knockout stage and one team from the groups of three qualify. The remaining 8 teams in the quarterfinals play against the four winners progressing to the semi-finals before the World Cup Final. If the teams are drawing after 80 minutes there is extra time and if the two teams are still level after extra time, a golden point will is played. This allows for some extremely interesting betting markets. Following the 2013 tournament, the world cup would be scheduled to take place every 4 years, similar to the FIFA World Cup.
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