With rugby growing in popularity every day, more and more markets are opening on the different aspects of the game, which means there is no better time than to sit down and watch a game of rugby, while enjoying the thrill of beating the bookie and taking home some well-deserved cash – take heed of these few tips to maximise your potential when betting on rugby games.
Play-offs pay off
Although there is a greater emphasis on International rugby, club rugby has its time and place and presents plenty of opportunities to place a bet and of course, win a few along the way. The Premiership Play-offs are one of the great spectacles in sport and give the team that finish 4th in the league the chance to become overall champions, how many other sports can say that? As with all knock-out style competitions the play-offs give a greater chance of the underdog succeeding and knocking out the favourite over two legs so don’t go for the obvious team here and make sure you check who has the momentum going into the semi-finals and finals. There is a good chance to win here, so take your time and make your choice.
Use all the markets out there
They great shame about rugby at the moment is that there are relatively few major teams, especially international teams, to bet on. Twenty teams may be competing in the World Cup later this year, but in truth there are small handful of teams actually capable of winning it. This is where they newly created markets start to work in your favour.
For example, when New Zealand take on Canada in October there is little point in backing the All Blacks, the best side in the world, against minnows Canada for the win. Instead, eye up the “how many points scored” markets or how many tries Canada will concede – the disparity between the very good sides and lesser sides is larger than most spots, which means bets in markets like this make much more sense than straight forward win/lose bets.
Forwards are the way forward
They say in rugby that it is not the feet and meters that make the difference but the inches and centimetres, and it is that approach that benefits anyone looking to bet on rugby. In a hard fought game the team with the most dominant pack will often come out on top as they begin to gain possession through line-outs, scrums and rucks. So avoid the fleet-footed backs demonstrating their running skills and back the boys who make the hard-earned territory. A strong pack is the cornerstone to success in rugby, so make sure you have the best on your side rather than against you!