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The Rugby Championship Predictions And Betting Tips

2018 Rugby Championship Table

PositionTeamWinsDrawsLossesPoints DifferenceBonus PointsPoints
1New Zealand501+93525
2South Africa3036315
3Australia 204-5219
4Argentina 204-4708

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What is the Rugby Championship?

The Rugby Championship is a competition that pits the four best Southern Hemisphere teams against one-another. New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Argentina play home and away in a tournament that rivals that of the Six Nations in the northern Hemisphere, where England, Wales, Ireland, France, Scotland and Italy play against each-other. 

New Zealand have been the dominant force in recent years as their supremacy across the southern hemisphere has clearly transferred to their tours and the World Cups, with the side rarely losing. 

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Best Bookmaker For Betting On The Rugby Championship

The Rugby Championship offers a vast array of markets to bet on and is full of some of the best teams in the world, providing exciting action and shocking results on a regular basis. This means placing a bet on the competition can be very attractive, but with so many available bookmakers, who offers the best odds and services? 

Not only does Bettingpro.com offer advice on what bets you should place on The Rugby Championship, we also offer advice on which bookmakers you should use. Our comprehensive reviews give you a rundown of what you can expect from the bookies when you become a customer of theirs.

Is there an incentive to sign up at the website - ie. free bets, risk-free bets etc? Are their rugby betting odds competitive? Do they offer much variety in the way of markets? Can I bet In-Play? What special promotions can I use to insure my bet or boost my pay-out if it is a winner? What standard of customer service can I expect?

All of those questions, and more, are answered in our reviews that you can access HERE.

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The Rugby Championship Betting Tips: How To Bet On Outright Markets

Outright betting in the Rugby Championship remains a very good way to bet on one of the biggest rugby tournaments in the world, although it requires the bettor to have a lot of patience, with their picks not paying out quickly, unless of course the bet has been placed in the final few days of the competition. So if the Outright Market can offer good value, what markets are available?

Rugby Championship Winner 

This market is about as simple as it gets as far as outright betting on the the Rugby Championship goes. Here, you are betting on who you think will win the competition once all of the games have been played. Generally, New Zealand are the safest bet, but they offer very little value, and are usually odds-on to triumph. 

To Finish 2nd/To Finish 3rd

The two above markets allow you to predict who will finish in second and third place in the competition. The Rugby Championship in particular provides some good odds for this market as, while New Zealand generally dominate, there are three other strong teams also battling away in the competition. Australia and South Africa in particular always look to finish as high up as possible, while Argentina are always capable of a big result.

Total Australia/Argentina/South Africa/New Zealand Wins 

In this market, the bettor is able to predict how many wins a certain team will get across the competition. So, if someone thinks that Australia will beat South Africa and Argentina home and away whilst losing to New Zealand twice, then backing the Wallabies to pick up exactly four wins can offer very good value, while backing Argentina, who are seen as the weakest of the four teams, to pick up three wins can offer a lot of value. 

Without New Zealand

This market lets the bettor predict who will finish highest in the competition with New Zealand omitted from the betting. So, if you believe South Africa are the team to back if the All Blacks were not around, then you can do so in this market. Of course, backing South Africa here offer less value than if you were to do it in the standard Outright Winner market, but the chances of the Springboks winning without New Zealand in the betting is far more likely.

The Rugby Championship Betting Tips: How To Bet On Rugby Championship Matches

It has never been easier to bet on a match in the Rugby Championship, while there has never been so many different markets to bet on, but which should you utilise to ensure you maximise profit?

Bettingpro offer betting tips on each of the Rugby Championship matches, and you should read on for our explanation of each of the markets.

Match Winner

The simplest market in the game. Here, you simply back the side you feel will win the match, it is as easy as that. This market is best utilised when two teams are quite evenly-matched. If it is difficult to pick a winner from the two, such as in a match between Australia and South Africa, then the odds on offer will hold more value, whereas backing Argentina against New Zealand will see Argentina offer huge value, but only because New Zealand will be big favourites.

Handicaps

This market is a way of backing a favourite in the game, but it can offer good value. Simply put, you back a team with a handicap of either minus points or plus points to win the game. For example, if you want to back New Zealand to beat Australia, you can back them with a handicap of -9 points, which means that if New Zealand win by 8 points or less, then your bet will lose, while if they win, for example, 25-10, then your bet will win. You can also back it the other way, and if you back South Africa +9 and they lose 16-13, then your bet will still win because you backed the side with a handicap of +9. 

Half-Time/Full-Time

In this market, the bettor is able to back the team they feel will be ahead at half-time, and the team they feel will lead at full-time. This can prove very valuable if you correctly predict a minnow leading the favourite at half-time, only to then lead at full-time. It can also offer value if you back the underdog to lead at half-time and then full-time. 

Winning Margin

This market gives the punter the chance to back how many points they think a certain team will win by. Backing a side to win by 1-10 points, 11-20 points, 21-30 points and so on can offer very good value as the game of rugby is an exceptionally unpredictable one. If you are able to put money on the correct outcome, it can offer a good return.

Team To Score First

Here, the bettor chooses which side he feels will be the first on the scoreboard. Unlike football, which only has one way of scoring, rugby players can open the scoring via a try, a penalty or a drop goal, meaning that a side can be pushing for a try early on, only to decide to take the three points from a penalty. This market can be an unpredictable one, and backing the correct side to score first is not always easy. 

Highest Scoring Half

This market gives bettors the opportunity to back which half they feel will see the most points. The first weekend of the Premiership usually sees a more cagey first-half, which is then followed by a slightly more open second-half as the trailing side looks to ensure they do not fall to an opening day defeat. Therefore, backing a higher scoring second-half may be intelligent, although rugby is a game that can surprise, with the first-half seeing big scores only for the points to dry up in the second 40.

First Try Converted

Here, the bettor can predict whether the first try of the game will be converted or not. A conversion being nailed first time around is usually the option with shorter odds, but if a team is to score in the corner, then backing the side to not add the extras offers very good value. 

Sending Off In Match 

This market simply allows a bettor to predict whether there will be a sending off in a match. Rugby is a sport of extreme physicality, and often it can boil over, with cheap shots at the bottom of a ruck, late tackles or last second tries sometimes sparking mass brawls, which can then lead to cards being dished out, with the colour of those cards up to the discretion of the referee. 

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