NRL betting and the best bets for New Zealand punters

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Best NRL Bets for New Zealanders

In New Zealand and Australia, Rugby League football is one of the most popular sports in Australasia. It is also one of the biggest betting sports with thousands of punters placing bets on every match. In Rugby League, the NRL premiership is the main football competition which takes place every year. There are a total of 16 teams in the NRL with 15 of them based in Australia and a single team from New Zealand, these include:

  • Brisbane Broncos
  • Canberra Raiders
  • Cantebury-BankstownBulldogs
  • Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
  • Gold Coast Titans
  • Manley-WarringahSea Eagles
  • Melbourne Storm
  • New Zealand Warriors
  • Newcastle Knights
  • North Queensland Cowboys
  • Parramatta Eels
  • Penrith Panthers
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs
  • George IllawarraDragons
  • Sydney Roosters
  • Wests Tigers

The NRL Premiership

The NRL kicks off with a preseason rugby league competition called the Auckland Nines which is held in New Zealand. The regular NRL premiership season then follows on directly and runs from March through to October each year. Each of the 16 teams will play each other throughout the year with points allotted for each match. 2 points are given for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss. At the end of the season, the two teams with the highest points compete in the Grand Final.

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In 2016, the Cronulla Sharks took on the Melbourne Storm in the Grand Final. The Sharks managed to win the match, picking up their first ever premiership win in 50 seasons since they joined in 1967. A rugby league game is an exciting and physical 13-a-side game where points are scored by carrying the ball over the tryline to score a try. For punters in New Zealand, there are many different types of bets that can be placed on each match.

Types of NRL Bets

For punters who are just starting out, possibly the best way to get started is to place a standard win bet. This is simply picking the winner of the match. In general, the odds and NRL betting tips given on the betting sites are based on the previous season results where the teams at the top of the ladder have the highest odds of winning. NRL betting also offers futures bets. At the start of the season, punters can predict which teams will make it to the grand final and which team will win the premiership outright.

Before You Bet

The NRL also offers punters the opportunity to place a whole host of exotic bets on each individual game. These can include which player will score the first try, what the score will be at half time. Which team will have the most possession and which player will run the most distance with the ball.

With NRL betting and exotic bets in particular, the more you know about the teams and the game, the better your chances of placing a winning bet. It is important to gather as much information as possible about how the teams are faring, if there are any injuries, changes to coaching staff and the historical win/loss record between the two teams in question.