NRL Betting

Rugby League is one of the most high-profile sports in Australia and the National Rugby League (NRL) is hugely popular from a betting perspective.

The Premiership season is where the main day-by-day interest lies between March and September, but there is also the massively popular and intense three-match State of Origin series between New South Wales Blues and Queensland Maroons and other competitions and leagues throughout the year. In addition, there are also international matches to take into account.

NRL Best Bookmakers

The one certainty is that watching NRL with a bet on the outcome can unquestionably add to the enjoyment of the game.

Rugby League is one of the most high-profile sports in Australia and the National Rugby League (NRL) is hugely popular from a betting perspective.

The Premiership season is where the main day-by-day interest lies between March and September, but there is also the massively popular and intense three-match State of Origin series between New South Wales Blues and Queensland Maroons and other competitions and leagues throughout the year.  In addition, there are also international matches to take into account.

The one certainty is that watching NRL with a bet on the outcome can unquestionably add to the enjoyment of the game.

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NRL Expert Tips

At Aussiefreebet.com.au, our experts provide well-researched NRL tips to help with your betting on the week’s biggest games, taking into account key factors such as off-season player transfers, any relevant team news, current form, head-to-head records, the state of play in the NRL, etc.

Our NRL footy tipping also looks across a range of available markets and seeks out the best NRL odds from the most trustworthy bookies.

NRL in Australia

The NRL is the most popular rugby league competition in the world and the Premiership currently consists of 15 teams from Australia and one from New Zealand.

Melbourne Storm were crowned both Minor Premiers and Premiers in 2017 (comprehensively beating North Queensland Cowboys 34-6 in the Grand Final), taking their tally of Grand Final victories to three since the NRL’s inaugural season in 1998 (although the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) ran the major rugby league competition of New South Wales from its inception in 1908 until 1994).

That latest Grand Final victory for the Storm puts them level with the Brisbane Broncos for the most titles, although it should also be noted that the Storm had two additional titles stripped from the records for breaching the salary cap in 2007 and 2009.

This year’s Grand Final will be played on Sunday 30th September 2018 at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium.  Even at this relatively early stage, the eight teams who qualify for the finals series this year already look relatively well set, with South Sydney Rabbitohs, St. George Illawarra Dragons, Melbourne Storm, Penrith Panthers, Sydney Roosters, Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Brisbane Broncos and New Zealand Warriors having opened up a sizeable gap over the chasing pack.

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Popular NRL Bets and Markets

As with most sports, among the most popular NRL bets is, of course, the Match Result (a straightforward three-way bet as to which team will win the game or, for those who like big odds, if it will end as a draw at the end of regulation time).

The NRL Premiership tends to be very competitive, but it’s a reality that the Match Result doesn’t always offer the most attractive odds.  However, there are plenty of other options out there to appeal to punters, including:

  • Half-time/Full-time ‘Double Result’ – Backing the correct result both at Half-time and Full-time
  • Handicap betting – where the underdog is given a theoretical points advantage
  • Total Points – the number of points of both teams combined in any given game
  • Draw No Bet – where stakes are refunded if it’s a draw
  • Winning Margin (either a margin spread or simple Over/Under two-way bet).

You can even have a bet on the total number of tries in the match. Or on an individual basis, backing the ‘First Try Scorer’ is another bet that many punters like to get on.

For those who like a long-term bet, there’s the option of picking the winner of the Grand Final at the start of the season or who will be crowned Minor Premiers.  Come the Grand Final itself, you could also have a bet on who will win the Clive Churchill Medal as the man of the match.

Recommended Bookies for NRL Betting

Selecting the best bookies is an integral part of betting and at Aussiefreebet.com.au we ensure that we only recommend bookies with an established record when it comes to being reliable, trustworthy and offering great odds across a range of markets. It can pay to have multiple accounts with different bookies to ensure that you get the best available odds for every bet, so below we detail just a few of the best online bookmakers.

Bet365 refer to themselves as being the world’s favourite betting site and do so with some justification.  Not only do they regularly have some great bonuses and betting offers available, but bet365 are widely acknowledged for the competitiveness of their odds and the range of markets they offer.  Few, if any, bookies can compare with the bet365 NRL betting offering in terms of the depth of their betting coverage.

Unibet is another major player on the international sports betting scene, with a vast sports offering.  They always have a good variety of betting promotions, including those related to NRL betting and Unibet’s Expert Edge gives punters access to NRL scores, form and statistics.  Having that sort of information readily to hand can be of great benefit when looking for potential NRL betting options.

Betstar are one of the most established names in the betting industry, having been around in one form or another since 2007. There’s live betting or live streaming with Betstar and there’s still a great variety of markets available that are competitively priced.  With regards to NRL betting, there are also a couple of Betstar exclusives NRL offer: log in to your account for promo details.

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NRL Grand Final 2018

Cooper Cronk did it: the Sydney Roosters are the 2018 NRL Premiers!


The NRL Grand Final is one of Australia’s major sporting events and is traditionally held on the final Sunday of September (this year’s NRL Grand Final will take place on Sunday 30th September 2018 at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium).  The prize for the victors is the Provan-Summons Trophy.

The inaugural season for the NRL’s in the form it (more or less) is today was 1998, although the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) ran the major rugby league competition of New South Wales from its inception in 1908 until 1994.  A NRL Grand Final has been held almost every year in its history.

The game in question determines the winner of the NRL Premiership after the completion of the regular season and the Finals Series, the playoff system is between the clubs that finish in the top eight in the league.  NRL Grand Final betting is hugely popular, as punters predict the outcome of the game and a multitude of other available NRL betting markets.

Guide to NRL Grand Final Betting 2018

There will be a vast selection of NRL Grand Final betting options available ahead of and on the big day.  Of course there’s the obvious option of backing one team or the other to win the Grand Final (including any possible overtime) or, as a slight alternative, having a bet on the ‘Match Result’ (to include the possibility of a draw in regular time, so with slightly more attractive NFL Grand Final odds).  The ‘Draw No Bet’ market is another variation related to the match outcome.

Another popular NRL Grand Final betting possibility is the ‘Winning Margin’.  There are always a wide variety of options available here, with the choice of backing one team to win by a set number of points or more (e.g. by 8+ points) or to be victorious within a spread of points (e.g. by 1-10 points).

Handicap betting is also a particularly good way of finding reasonable odds if there is a clear favourite in the NRL Grand Final.

Other options include selecting the First and/ or Last Try-scorer or whether the total number of tries will be odd or even.  The Total Points (in regular time) is another popular bet and is usually in the form of a spread where you bet over or under a set figure.

On an individual basis you can also bet on who will win the prestigious Clive Churchill Medal, which is awarded to the NRL Grand Final man-of-the-match.

You can also back the Highest Scoring Half, which team will lead at half-time, the Team to Score First (or Last), Team to score the First Try, the First Scoring Play (either team to score first with a try or penalty) and the Half-time/ Full-time Double Result, where you have to predict the result at both Half-time and Full-time for your bet to pay out.

NRL Grand Final Predictions for 2018

The regular NRL Premiership season is currently still in full swing, but it’s already beginning to look as though the top eight at present may just have built a sufficient gap over the chasing pack to start thinking about the Finals Series.

The eight teams in question are the South Sydney Rabbitohs, St. George Illawarra Dragons, Melbourne Storm, Penrith Panthers, Sydney Roosters, Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Brisbane Broncos and New Zealand Warriors.

Melbourne Storm – The defending champions and runners-up a year earlier, Melbourne Storm unquestionably possess the requisite qualities required to win the NRL Grand Final.  They also seem to be coming into form, with six consecutive wins behind them, including three on the road by a single point each against North Queensland Cowboys (7-6), Sydney Roosters (9-8) and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles (14-13).  That would certainly suggest that they have a strong desire and winning mentality to retain their trophy. Captain and hooker Cameron Smith could be their key player.

Sydney Roosters – The pre-season NRL Grand Final favourites (albeit only marginally) had a mixed start to the campaign, but are also on a good run of form at present with seven wins in their last nine games.  They currently possess the best defensive record in the NRL Premiership this season.  The Roosters were last NRL Grand Final winners in 2013.

South Sydney Rabbitohs – The Rabbitohs currently top the NRL Premiership standings, with a two-point advantage over Melbourne Storm and St. George Illawarra Dragons.  The Rabbitohs are on a fantastic run of form at present, with nine consecutive victories to their name.  The question is whether they have peaked too soon?  They are also the top points’ scorers (albeit only just) in the NRL Premiership in the current campaign as things stand.  The Rabbitohs only NRL Grand Final success came in 2014.  Robert Jennings leads the standings in the NRL Premiership this season with 16 tries to his name.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks – The Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks are another form team, with nine wins from their last 11 games.  NRL Grand Final winners in 2016 will be hoping to secure a top four finish in the NRL Premiership to aid their cause in the Finals Series.  Valentine Holmes, leading try scorer at the 2017 World Cup, leads the way for the Sharks this term with 14 tries to his name.

Penrith Panthers – With three defeats in their last four games, the Penrith Panthers are the only team among the leading contenders in the NRL Grand Final betting whose form is a potential cause for concern at present.  However, there’s still plenty of action left in the season for them to address that.  Captain and Five-Eighth James Maloney is the most important player in coach Anthony Griffin’s team.

NRL Grand Final Cup 2018 Odds

At the time of writing, the best NRL Grand Final odds are as listed below for the five leading contenders in the betting.  As you can see, the bookies find it almost impossible to split the three market leaders – South Sydney Rabbitohs, Melbourne Storm and Sydney Roosters – as things stand.  Final Premiership league standings and how that impacts on the knockout stage draw will have a significant bearing on the odds.

* Odds correct at the time of writing

NRL Grand Final 2017

The NRL Grand Final 2017 was played at the ANZ Stadium, Sydney and was won by Melbourne Storm, who were also crowned last year’s Minor Premiers.

Storm comprehensively beat the North Queensland Cowboys (who were admittedly missing  their injured co-captains, Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott, for the game).34-6 in the Grand Final, with Josh Addo-Carr scoring two tries, while full-back Billy Slater was awarded the Clive Churchill Medal for the second time in his career after his man-of-the-match performance.

The result had been widely predicted, with most NRL tipping taking account of the Cowboys’ absentees.

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