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How to bet on Rugby

The major rugby union tournaments like the World Cup, the Rugby Championship and the Six Nations are the predominant betting events in rugby betting. Those events are naturally when the focus on the game is heightened. Along with rugby union there is the rugby league code as well which has it’s own hard knocks, thrills across domestic leagues and international tournaments. All in all, there is usually some rugby betting going on in the world somewhere to enjoy. While on the surface it may seem like a sport similar to football for betting, there are major differences when it comes to that. That is why you should always take your time to break yourself into a new sport for betting.

How to bet on rugby

Rugby is generally a little different from a betting perspective when it comes to match betting, than say football matches, which we will explore later in the article. However, at the most basic of levels there is the usual offering of straightforward single betting on tournament outrights. You can back a team to win the Premiership for example, or back a team to get relegated as well. That affords some long priced, season-long betting to sit back and wait for a positive result from. Club rugby tournaments will generally offer a bit more value than international rugby tournaments, because the margins between two teams in level of competitiveness are a bit closer than at most international level events.

Rugby Betting – Odds, Preview and Predictions

Basically when it comes to international rugby tournaments you are betting the field against New Zealand on most occasions. That will apply for example in the Rugby Championship and the World Cup. The northern hemisphere’s Six Nations though in contrast has become a little more evenly matched, but still you are really looking at half of the teams realistically being in with a chance of winning the title. Dominance and favouritism usually wins out in rugby betting, simply due to the nature of the game.

Popular rugby bets

For match betting in rugby, as mentioned above, there isn’t always a lot of value. This is because a strong team is so likely to win because of the points on offer in a game. It’s not like in football where and underdog scores a lucky goal and defends for the rest of the game for a win. In rugby, it takes a lot for an underdog to keep a stronger side off the board, because of all the goal kicking opportunities as well as tries. If an underdog scores a converted try for example and puts seven points on the board, it’s easy for rugby favourites to chip away at that total to get back into the lead. It’s not like defending a one goal lead in football at all.

So popular rugby betting markets looked at to find some value in are usually found in handicaps and winning margin markets. These types of supremacy bets will allow a punter to gain some value from backing what is an expected outcome, a favourite winning match. Then it just boils down to how much they are likely to win by, or how much an underdog is likely to lose by. There are other popular markets such as First Try Scorer, Last Try Scorer and Total Points odd/even which takes the fancy of rugby punters.

Live rugby betting

There is good live rugby betting to be enjoy at online bookmakers and the high focus markets are generally try scorer markets, total points and the outright market (to a lesser degree because again there’s generally not as much value in a match outright rugby bet as there is in a football match). The method of next points to be scored (try or penalty) is a popular live rugby market too.

Rugby betting advice

There is usually an advantage and in a lot of cases, a need to stay away from the obvious rugby betting markets. Football punters thinking that they can switch popular markets over to rugby betting isn’t going to work. First try scorer options in rugby isn’t the same as first goalscorer options because you generally lean towards one or two strikers in a football match. With so many attacking backs in rugby as well as the forward power in the pack, the first try scorer market is a lot harder to call. Sticking to alternative markets like totals, handicaps and winning margins are probably the best way to go with rugby betting because of a high percentage of favourites winning matches.