Rugby, which is often touted as a rough and difficult sport, offers countless opportunities for punters to generate a very healthy profit. Just like any other sport, there are many markets that are available with betting on this high prolific sport, ranging from match winner bets to handicap bets. This guide will firstly explain the format of rugby, and will go on to provide tips, so you the punter can get a head start over everyone else. We will be focusing on Rugby Union, rather than Rugby League.
The Format Of Rugby Union
Rugby Union, similarly to Football, consists of many club competitions as well as international competitions, which is more popular around the world.
In England, the top-flight competition is the Aviva Premiership, consisting of 12 teams, all battling it out for a place in the top 4 in the table. The clubs in the top 4, at the end of the season, go off and have a mini play-off competition to determine who the champions are.
This playoff system is used to make the game as fair as possible, due to the international games taking place at the same time as club games, making some sides weaker than they normally would due to playing for their country.
At club level there is also the European Rugby Champions Cup, which is the top flight European competition; just like the champions league in football. This competition features the top clubs in the key rugby union playing countries in Europe. The clubs play in group games to progress to the last 8 knockout stage. They will start in the quarter finals, winners will then go on to the semi-finals, and then the two winners from each semi will play in the Final.
On the International stage, there is the extremely popular Six Nations, which starts in February, and is also bet on by an incredible amount of punters. The teams who play in this competition are England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France and Italy. All 6 sides play each other, with the team finishing on top of the table being awarded the championship.
When placing a bet on the six nations, be wary of where the game is taking place, as some teams are incredibly difficult to beat at their home stadium, but could be far worse on the road.
We then have the Rugby World Cup, which takes part every four years, with New Zealand often being the favourites.
The Markets That Are Available
The most popular markets are as follows:
First scoring play
Make sure you are aware of the rules of each competition, as some have slightly more rules. The Aviva Premiership awards a team 1 single bonus point if they manage to score four tries during the game. This is a game changer when it comes to betting, as it can massively affect the outcome of a winning margin bet.
Going For Handicap Betting
In one sided games, often when a big side plays a smaller side, the handicap bet is perhaps the logical bet to go for. In rugby, a team can score from a try, and from a penalty, which allows a team to generate a massive number of points in a game. It’s the logical choice due to the odds of a team racking up a large score when playing one of the lesser sides, so a 15-point handicapped bet will come through.
Like other sports, form is a crucial factor to consider before placing your bet. Researching recent results and head to head stats will give you an edge and allow you to make an informed bet. A good example would be Wales, who are a very good side, however they have never been able to do well against them. Other national sides may also have a cracking patch of form, which will only prove advantageous when playing in a big game, as momentum is important
Styles Of Play
Again, another factor that can lead to you adopting a betting pattern. In Rugby, many sides have their own unique style of play, which makes the sport so entertaining to watch. Some sides are renowned to be defensive, whereas others keen to go forward as often as possible. If there is a game where both sides are defensive in the way they play, then placing a bet on tries scored wouldn’t be recommended, as they will less than likely be scored. Instead, bet on a penalty in the first scoring play market.
Other Markets To Consider
First Try Scorer – Wingers are most likely to sore the first try than anyone else! So back a winger to score the first try.
Anytime Try Scorer – In Rugby, a try can be scored by anyone on the field, however it is the forwards who will probably score. Find a forward with a fair price, and back them to score. They may not score first, but once the game has settled down they probably will.