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Alan Alger: A punter’s guide to the Rugby World Cup

14 Sep | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Alan Alger: A punter’s guide to the Rugby World Cup

The sport's most prestigious competition is just days away - our expert explains all you need to know about where and how to bet...

3-Way Handicap

The most popular bet for Rugby Union punters as the bookmaker tries to even up every contest by offering the underdog with number of points head start.

An example of the display on our site could be: England (-28), Tie(x) (+28), Fiji (+28) – here the underdogs are the ‘away’ team Fiji and we’ve given them a 28-point start at the beginning of the game to even things up.

If England were to win by exactly 28 points in this example the ‘tie’ would be the winner.

Trader tip:

The World Cup lasts a long time for the bigger teams, who are expected to make the knock-out stages.

Because of this they may just do enough in their earlier Pool games. For this reason it may pay to take the ‘underdogs’ with a large start.

Teams may rotate players depending on matches ahead so think like a ‘selector’ to poach handicap value.

There is also a 2-Way Handicap which presents the underdog with a start that includes half a point. That ensures settlement of the bet is definite and therefore no need for a ‘tie’ option.

Total Points

The second most popular market and it has the advantage that you don’t need to predict which team will win.

The bet is settled on exactly how many points are scored in the game. It really is that simple – you just bet ‘under’ or ‘over’. Half points are added to the market to ensure a definite result.

For example: backing over 51.5… if it’s 52, you’ve won and if it’s 51, you’ve lost.

Trader tip:

Scoring in rugby union matches can be severely impacted by the weather conditions, so find out everything you can about the weather forecast around the stadium before placing your bet.

If rain and high winds are forecast and it is going to be hard to pass and catch the ball, then points will be at a premium.

If you can act on this information quicker than the market, then you can make a nice profit.

The above markets are all broken down into variations of the above and offered in breakdowns of Total Points in a certain half or even just relating to the ‘home’ team.

These are special bets and are all based on the explanations above. For example, First Half Points is simply ‘how many points will there be in the first half?’.

Other markets:

Hundreds of special bets are available on rugby union games, especially in this huge World Cup tournament.

Most markets are much the same as those offered on any Premier League football match. For First Goalscorer just read First Try Scorer – it’s the same principle.

Half Time – Full Time asks the punter to predict how the score will stand at half time and full time in the game.

Trader tip:

These type of bets are usually focusing on specific aspects of the game and can be a lot of fun.

First Try Scorer prices are offered across both teams and you can find value at big prices.

The average price for a first goalscorer in a Premier League game is about 8/1, in Rugby Union the first try scorer market regularly throws up double-figure winners.

Rugby World Cup betting