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Betting on NRL Rugby League


NRL footy is one of the most popular sports in Australia and NRL betting is available on a range of markets, including the Premiership, State of Origin, Rugby League World Cup and Dally M Medal.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have noticed that with the advancements in technology and the internet, more and more tasks can be done from your home PC. Things like internet banking and personal investing are all done online and taken for granted now. Sports betting is now done online too.

No longer do you need to pop out during your work lunch break to visit a betting branch. The days of queuing up to place a bet on your footy team are well and truly a thing of the past. If you love your footy, you can now use online betting sites such as Sportsbet, Ladbrokes or Neds to place your bets. Bettingpro.com.au’s expert NRL tipster provides NRL tips for every game throughout the season.

NRL Latest Odds


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Our NRL expert tipster lives and breathes the game like most fans, but being a full-time form analyst, he puts in the hours of research that most simply don’t have to spare. We provide a Best Bet, Next Best and Same Game Multi for every NRL game throughout the season, and our tipster has a proven winning record over the past eight years. You can find our free NRL tips for each round here.

You can also find expert predictions for the 2021 NRL Grand Final between the Panthers and Rabbitohs here.

NRL Bet Types


NRL betting is evolving all the time. In the past, you just selected the NRL team you thought was going to win and bet in the head-to-head market or possibly on the winning margin of each game. Now there’s a host of different bets you can place on NRL teams, players, margins, individual awards, Grand Final winner and more. You can bet on individual games, the NRL premiership, Dally M Medal and even in some novelty markets.

Fancy an NRL bet on something a little more obscure? How about betting on the first player to score a try? Or the time of the first try? Or even whether more points will be scored in the first or second half. The list goes on. There are also plenty of offers and money back specials from the bookmakers each weekend to take advantage of.

But perhaps best of all, because you’re betting online, all odds are 100 per cent up to date. That means you bet both before and during the match and be sure you’re getting the very best live odds available for all your NRL bets.

You can place a huge array of different bets on rugby league and we look at some of the most popular ones.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: Head to Head betting is the easiest way to have a punt on most sports matches. Simply select who you think will win the game and if they emerge victorious so do you. 

LINE BETTING and HANDICAP BETTING: Line betting is when the bookmaker handicaps a team by setting a specific margin with the aim on making the game even between the two sides. For example, if the bookmaker believes Team A is a 10-point better team than Team B, they will handicap Team A by 10 points. The line therefore becomes Team A to beat Team B by more than 10 points or Team B to come within 10 points of Team A. Then both outcomes become equal odds, which is ultimately around $1.90 the majority of the time.

WINNING MARGINS: Margin betting is when the bookmaker breaks up the number of possible end results by putting in a margin. The punter must therefore select the correct result as well as the correct margin. For example, if you believe Team A will beat Team B and want to also bet on the margin, you will have to correctly pick how many points will be between the two sides at the end of full-time. So if you think Australia will win in a margin of 1-12 points you’d select that option. Or maybe you think New Zealand will win a game by 13+ points.

HALF-TIME/FULL-TIME DOUBLE: This option allows you to bet on who you think will be leading the game at both halftime and fulltime. There are many possibilities that can occur in any match, particularly as a draw is an option.

Team A/Team A
Team A/Team B
Team A/Draw
Team B/Team B
Team B/Team A
Team B/Draw
Draw/Draw
Draw/Team A
Draw/Team B

FIRST TRYSCORER: This option allows you to choose which player on either team you believe will score the first try of the game. You can also bet on the last tryscorer in most games.

For more information on How to bet on the NRL please visit our How to Guide HERE

NRL 2021 Grand Final Date: When is the NRL Grand Final?


The 2021 NRL Grand Final is set to be played on Sunday October 3.

NRL Teams


Club City State Home Venue Capacity
Brisbane Broncos Brisbane Queensland Suncorp Stadium 52,500
Canberra Raiders Canberra Australian Capital Territory GIO Stadium 25,000
Canterbury Bulldogs Sydney New South Wales ANZ Stadium 83,500
Cronulla Sharks Sydney New South Wales Nestrada Jubilee Stadium 20,500
Gold Coast Titans Gold Coast Queensland Cbus Super Stadium 27,400
Manly Sea Eagles Sydney New South Wales Lottoland 23,000
Melbourne Storm Melbourne Victoria AAMI Park 30,050
New Zealand Warriors Auckland New Zealand Mount Smart Stadium 30,000
Newcastle Knights Newcastle New South Wales McDonald Jones Stadium 33,000
North Queensland Cowboys Townsville Queensland Queensland Country Bank Stadium 25,000
Parramatta Eels Sydney New South Wales Bankwest Stadium 30,000
Penrith Panthers Sydney New South Wales Panthers Stadium 22,500
South Sydney Rabbitohs Sydney New South Wales ANZ Stadium 83,500
St George Illawarra Dragons Sydney/Wollongong New South Wales Netstrata Jubilee Stadium/WIN Stadium 20,500/23,000
Sydney Roosters Sydney New South Wales Sydney Cricket Ground 48,000
Wests Tigers Sydney New South Wales Leichhardt Oval/Campbelltown Stadium 20,000/20,000

NRL Premiership Winners


Note: This table is comprised of the NRL era (since 1998).

Melbourne Storm were stripped of their 2007 and 2009 premiership titles and their 2006, 2007 and 2008 minor premiership titles due to breaching the salary cap. No champions were crowned in those years as a result.

Season Premiers Score Runners-up Minor Premiers
1998 Brisbane Broncos 38-12 Canterbury Bulldogs Brisbane Broncos
1999 Melbourne Storm 20-18 St. George Illawarra Dragons Cronulla Sharks
2000 Brisbane Broncos 14-6 Sydney Roosters Brisbane Broncos
2001 Newcastle Knights 30-24 Parramatta Eels Parramatta Eels
2002 Sydney Roosters 30-8 New Zealand Warriors New Zealand Warriors
2003 Penrith Panthers 18-6 Sydney Roosters Penrith Panthers
2004 Canterbury Bulldogs 16-13 Sydney Roosters Sydney Roosters
2005 Wests Tigers 30-16 North Queensland Cowboys Parramatta Eels
2006 Brisbane Broncos 15-8 Melbourne Storm Withheld
2007 Withheld 34-8 Manly Sea Eagles Withheld
2008 Manly Sea Eagles 40-0 Melbourne Storm Withheld
2009 Withheld 23-16 Parramatta Eels St. George Illawarra Dragons
2010 St. George Illawarra Dragons 32-8 Sydney Roosters St. George Illawarra Dragons
2011 Manly Sea Eagles 24-10 New Zealand Warriors Melbourne Storm
2012 Melbourne Storm 14-4 Canterbury Bulldogs Canterbury Bulldogs
2013 Sydney Roosters 26-18 Manly Sea Eagles Sydney Roosters
2014 South Sydney Rabbitohs 30-6 Canterbury Bulldogs Sydney Roosters
2015 North Queensland Cowboys 17-16 Brisbane Broncos Sydney Roosters
2016 Cronulla Sharks 14-12 Melbourne Storm Melbourne Storm
2017 Melbourne Storm 34-6 North Queensland Cowboys Melbourne Storm
2018 Sydney Roosters 21-6 Melbourne Storm Sydney Roosters
2019 Sydney Roosters 14-8 Canberra Raiders Melbourne Storm
2020 Melbourne Storm 26-20 Penrith Panthers Penrith Panthers

 

Most Successful NRL Teams


Note: The following table includes the NRL era only (since 1998). Teams are ranked in order of premierships won, runner-up showings in Grand Finals and minor premierships won.

Rank Team Premiership Years Runner-up Years Minor Premiership Years
1 Sydney Roosters 4 (2002, 2013, 2018, 2019) 4 (2000, 2003, 2004, 2010) 5 (2004, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018)
2 Melbourne Storm 4 (1999, 2012, 2017, 2020) 4 (2006, 2008, 2016, 2018) 4 (2011, 2016, 2017, 2019)
3 Brisbane Broncos 3 (1998, 2000, 2006) 1 (2015) 2 (1998, 2000)
4 Manly Sea Eagles 2 (2008, 2011) 2 (2007, 2013) 0
5 Canterbury Bulldogs 1 (2004) 3 (1998, 2012, 2014) 1 (2012)
6 North Queensland Cowboys 1 (2015) 2 (2005, 2017) 0
7 St. George Illawarra Dragons 1 (2010) 1 (1999) 2 (2009, 2010)
8 Cronulla Sharks 1 (2016) 0 1 (1999)
9 Penrith Panthers 1 (2003) 1 (2020) 2 (2003, 2020)
10 Newcastle Knights 1 (2001) 0 0
10 Wests Tigers 1 (2005) 0 0
10 South Sydney Rabbitohs 1 (2014) 0 0
13 Parramatta Eels 0 2 (2001, 2009) 2 (2001, 2005)
14 New Zealand Warriors 0 2 (2002, 2011) 1 (2002)
15 Canberra Raiders 0 1 (2019) 0
16 Gold Coast Titans 0 0 0

 

List of NRL Records


The following is a list of NRL records that includes statistics from all first grade competitions since the sport was established, namely the New South Wales Rugby League, Australian Rugby League, Super League and current NRL.

TEAM

  • Most premierships – South Sydney Rabbitohs (21)
  • Most minor premierships – Sydney Roosters (20)
  • Most wooden spoons – Western Suburbs Magpies (17)
  • Longest winning streak – Eastern Suburbs Roosters (19 in 1975)
  • Longest undefeated streak – Eastern Suburbs (35 between 1935-1938)
  • Longest losing streak – Sydney University (42 between 1934-1936)
  • Highest score in a game – St. George (91 vs Canterbury in 1935)
  • Largest winning margin in a game – St. George (85 vs Canterbury in 1935)

INDIVIDUAL

  • Most games played – Cameron Smith (430)
  • Leading pointscorer – Cameron Smith (2,500 with 43 tries, 1162 goals and four field goals)
  • Leading tryscorer – Ken Irvine (212)
  • Most points in a season – Hazem El Masri (342 in 2004 with 16 tries and 139 goals)
  • Most tries in a season – Dave Brown (38 in 1935)
  • Most points in a game – Dave Brown (45 in 1935)
  • Most tries in a game – Frank Burge (8 in 1920)

Most Successful NRL Coaches


Note: The following table includes a list of coaches who have won the premiership in the NRL era (since 1998)

Name Premierships won as head coach Years
Wayne Bennett 4 1998, 2000, 2006, 2010
Trent Robinson 3 2013, 2018, 2019
Craig Bellamy 3 2012, 2017, 2020
Des Hasler 2 2008, 2011
Chris Anderson 1 1999
Michael Hagan 1 2001
Ricky Stuart 1 2002
John Lang 1 2003
Steve Folkes 1 2004
Tim Sheens 1 2005
Michael Maguire 1 2014
Paul Green 1 2015
Shane Flanagan 1 2016