Rugby Handicap Betting Explained

Chiefs-v-Crusaders1-630For those new to betting, rugby handicaps are an extremely popular option amongst punters and an alternative to betting on the match result.

 

For example, let’s take a look at an example from the Super Rugby semi final between the Crusaders and the Sharks which takes place on Saturday 26th July.

 

Saturday 26th July 09:35 Crusaders v Sharks

Handicap Betting: Crusaders -6.5 points 0.83, Sharks +6.5 points 0.95

 

The simplest way to think about this is before the match starts (ie. 0-0) the Sharks already have a virtual 6.5 point lead. Should the Sharks lose the match 27-20, they will get their 6.5 points added onto their score so the score will end up 27-26.5 which means that the Sharks lose that handicap bet. However should the score end 26-20 then the Sharks will win this handicap bet 26-26.5. If the Sharks win the outright match 25-20 they will still receive the 6.5 point head start and essentially would have won the match 31.5-20, the handicap bet of +6.5 will be a winner.

 

You will also notice that alternative handicaps are available for any given match. For example, there may be an option to back the Crusaders at -3.5 points and the Sharks at +9.5 points. The odds will be different to the +/- 6.5 line but the principle of one team receiving a head start remains the same.

 

Take a look at the rugby markets on Bet.co.za and remember you can contact us with any questions you may have on how the handicaps work or any other general assistance you require.

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