The NRL or National Rugby League is the leading Rugby League competition anywhere in the world.
Featuring 15 NRL teams from around Australia and one from New Zealand, the Telstra NRL Premiership season runs from early March until the last Sunday of September when the NRL Grand Final draws record crowds in attendance and nationwide viewership.
NRL history shows the competition as we know it started as the NSWRL (New South Wales Rugby League) in 1908 before the current NRL formation was created post-Super League War in 1998. States in Australia represented in the NRL team lists are: New South Wales (10), Queensland (3), Victoria (1) and Canberra (1). The 16th team in the NRL is the New Zealand Warriors.
2018 NRL Betting Preview: Round 1
The 2018 NRL Season kicks off with Round 1 from Thursday March 8 and it is a Dragons vs Broncos clash to start the Premiership. Last year’s Wooden Spoon club Newcastle play in Friday’s pub game hosting the Sea Eagles and the Knights have picked up some key players from the Roosters including Aidan Guerra and Mitchell Pearce. A blockbuster NRL clash between last year’s Grand Finalists North Queensland and Cronulla Sharks is next-up if Friday Night Football. The Cowboys kicked the Sharks out of the 2017 NRL Premiership in the first round of the finals in a one-point thriller so this will be game on up at 1300SMILES Stadium. A new-look Sydney Roosters outfit led by the big Storm transfer Cooper Cronk play Wests Tigers, who welcome back Benji Marshall from Brisbane along with former Bulldog Josh Reynolds, in the first Saturday arvo game of Round 1. This is also the first game for former Tigers James Tedesco against his old club. That is followed by the Bunnies hosting the Warriors and then the Bulldogs in a tough season opener against the defending NRL premiers Melbourne. Sunday footy pits the Panthers against the Eels and the Titans against the Raiders at the Gold Coast.
- Round: 1
- Starts: Thursday March 8, 2018
- Ends: Sunday March 11, 2018
- No. of Games: 8
- Round Highlight: North Queensland Cowboys vs Cronulla Sharks
- Round Tip: Tigers to beat the Roosters
2018 NRL BETTING: WEEKLY RUGBY LEAGUE ODDS
2018 NRL Season
The 2018 NRL Season kicks off on Thursday March 8 and the Grand Final is scheduled for the last Saturday in September.
The 2018 NRL Telstra Ptemiership will feature a record number of four double-header NRL matches along with five regional NSW matches in place of the former City v Country clash.
The NRL Season for 2018 also features a stand alone weekend for State Of Origin II footy so that just two rounds are affected and a Thursday night game during the Easter Round.
- 2018 NRL Round 1 Starts: Thursday March 8, 2018
- 2018 NRL Grand Final Date: Sunday September 30, 2018
The current NRL teams are the:
- Brisbane Broncos
- Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
- Canberra Raiders
- Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
- Gold Coast Titans
- Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
- Melbourne Storm
- Newcastle Knights
- New Zealand Warriors
- Parramatta Eels
- Penrith Panthers
- South Sydney Rabbitohs
- St George Illawarra Dragons,
- Sydney Roosters
- Wests Tigers
- North Queensland Cowboys
Of these the two foundation NRL clubs inaugurated in 1908 are the Sydney Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs. The Wests Tigers, founded in 2000, meanwhile comprise of two other foundations clubs that merged together: Western Suburbs Magpies and Balmain Tigers.
The NRL Premiership was previously composed of a 26-week regular season and the NRL Draw – what teams are playing when and where – is usually announced in November of the previous year.
For the first time in 2018 the NRL Regular Season will consist of just 25 rounds and each team will get just a single bye instead of two.
The 25 NRL Rounds are followed by four exciting weeks of NRL Finals football pitting the eight highest placed teams on the NRL Ladder up against each other across August – September.
The NRL Grand Final then decides the Premiership Winners for that season in a do-or-die 80 minutes of Rugby League action. As well as the standard, finals and grand final season there is also representative NRL football played during that time headlined by the three match State Of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues.
Other representative NRL games played are the Trans-Tasman test and the now defunct City-Country clash, which was scrapped after 2017.
Since the current NRL format was inaugurated in 1998 the team with the most NRL Premiership wins is the Brisbane Broncos with 3 in total (1998, 2000, 2006). The Broncos were also NRL Grand Final runners-up to the North Queensland Cowboys in 2015. Five-time Grand Final NRL winners the Melbourne Storm were stripped of their 2007 and 2009 Premierships titles due to breaches of the salary cap, but secured an official third Premiership with their easy 2017 NRL Grand Final win over the Cowboys (34 – 6).
NRL betting is some of the best sports betting punters can enjoy with odds open on everything from the overall NRL Premiership winner to round-by-round markets. Some of the most anticipated NRL odds are those offered on the Clive Churchill Medal, the award given to the player deemed to be that year’s NRL Grand Final man-of-the-match.
The NRL odds on the annual NRL Telstra Premiership competition are some of the most highly sought after sports betting odds in Australia. The NRL Premiership season runs from early March through until the premier Rugby League betting event of the year, the NRL Grand Final on the last Sunday of September.
There are now 25 regular NRL Round betting opportunities for punters plus the NRL finals and Grand Final to enjoy a bet on and increase the excitement of the game. There are also a range of specialty NRL odds on offer throughout the season including those on the Dally M Awards and Clive Churchill Medal winner.
NRL betting markets range from the head-to-head odds on offer for the weekly fixtures across the NRL draw to exotic markets on each game like First Try Scorer and Winning Margin odds. All of this plus the futures NRL Premiership odds available all season where you can tip and select the team to take out the entire competition with a Grand Final win.
NRL markets are updated weekly and offer odds for all the games including the popular line betting options.
NRL BET TYPES
Below we explain some of our most popular NRL bet types and rugby league betting offers.
NRL Head-to-Head Betting
Head-to-head betting is simply pitting one team against the other with odds for both clubs to win a game. In most head-to-head markets there is an underdog and a favourite with the NRL odds determined by many factors like their previous form over the season, their record against that specific club over NRL history, home ground advantage and the NRL team ins and outs for the round.
NRL Line Betting
Like head-to-head NRL odds, line betting is open on every single match across the NRL draw. The line is the winning spread of points posted a club must either win or lose by for you to collect. For example, if the Brisbane Broncos are at +4.5 @ $2 that means they must beat the team they are playing that round by more than 4.5 points for you to win.
NRL Premiership Betting
The futures NRL Premiership betting markets list the price of each team to win the Grand Final. These odds are affected by the NRL results of each round and change weekly. As the season moves along the prices on those clubs at the top of the NRL ladder shorten and those in danger of missing out on a NRL finals bid lengthen.
NRL Minor Premiership Betting
The NRL Minor Premiership odds are the prices offered for each club to take out that season’s Minor Premiership and finish top of the NRL Ladder after all 25 rounds of the regular season have been played and won. The Sydney Roosters have won the most Rugby League minor premierships throughout history including four NRL minor premierships in 2004, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
NRL Try Scorer Betting
In each game, a popular bet to make is in the first try scorer market there are NRL odds on the top try scorer and first try scorer of the match. There is now also the option of the season’s top try scorer, so the player to score the most individual tries across the entire season. 2015’s leading tryscorer was Paramatta’s Semi Radradra with 24 tries.
NRL Top 8 & Top 4 Betting
The NRL Top 8 and Top 4 refer to the teams to finish in the top one – eight positions on the ladder after the 25 rounds of the regular season. Clubs need to finish inside the top eight to make the NRL Finals Series and get a chance of taking out the Premiership title. There are plenty of different markets around this including individual odds on your favourite NRL team to make either the Top 4 or Top 8. There are also odds on offer for All 3 Teams (selected by the bookies) to make the Top 8 and Both Teams (selected by the bookies) to make the Top 4. Similarly, you can get NRL markets on teams to Miss the Top 8 and even to finish with the wooden spoon (last position).