Australia’s favourite Rugby League competition is the NRL Telstra premiership, a hard-hitting and intense series of games played over a number of entertaining rounds. The NRL competition season runs from March right through to the first Sunday of October. There are 16 teams currently playing in the NRL, who compete in matches over 26 rounds in the regular season. At the end of these first 26 rounds, the teams filling the top eight positions on the ladder board qualify for the final elimination rounds, at the end of which the two teams left standing take to the field in the grand final match to determine the season’s premiers.
There are a few special NRL match events that break up the procession of the rounds each season, including the Test Match, City vs. Country match, the State of Origin tournament, and the Heritage Round where teams are matched up in a succession of history-based meetings.
Each of the NRL rounds usually consists of eight games, where every one of the 16 teams plays once. Games are held Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights, making the winter weekends an exciting time for NRL fans and bettors! However, the number of games played each round changes around the time of the State of Origin matches, as teams are given their byes. Every NRL team receives two byes throughout the season, in which they receive a rest and continue on to the next round without having to play. Teams are awarded two competition points for a bye, equivalent to a win. Byes ensure that the NRL rounds remain competitive and entertaining, as they aim to make teams’ key players available for the representative season.
During each of the rounds, the teams play to gain competition points. The teams with the most points at the end of each round advance their position on the ladder board, and take a step closer to ensuring their place in the finals. The most points a team can be awarded each round is two, for a win or a bye. Teams receive one point for a draw and no points if they lose. When betting on any of the great matches from the NRL rounds, it is crucial to keep an eye on results after each round, and where teams sit on the ladder, as key indicators of their premiership chances.
Predictions are made and published on all of the NRL rounds and matches. Previews and tips of rounds 1-26, written by NRL and other sporting enthusiasts, commentators, reports, and players, contain some great information regarding who they think will win each match and why. The NRL preview of rounds usually includes information on how the teams have been performing, and players to look out for. These round predictions can be a great place to start when betting on the number of exciting NRL matches.
You can bet on any match from any round during the NRL season, and the diversity of betting odds and options attracts an abundance of punters to the NRL betting markets every year. Match, futures, live and finals betting provide a range of different ways to place your bets. Bet types available on the NRL rounds and matches include margin, handicap, and head-to-head. Other bet types allow you to bet on how teams will go over a number of premiership rounds including minor premiers, premiership winners, make the top eight, make the top four, and wooden spoon bets. There are also a fantastic range of exotic betting options that you can place on any match from any of the NRL rounds, and these exotic markets can return very lucrative payouts! Exotic bets include: exact winning score, exact winning margin, first team to score, first player to score, and half time results.
So get in on the betting action for the next NRL Telstra Premiership by checking out the season’s past rounds and results, and pick your favourite for the premiership. How great would it be to see your team win and provide you with a large winning payout!