The Bledisloe Cup Betting Guide
When it comes to rugby union rivalries, it doesn’t get much more intense than when the Wallabies and Kiwis collide. There is no love lost between Australia and New Zealand and every year they fight it out over three epic matches for the right to lift The Bledisloe Cup. Two of those matches also count towards The Rugby Championship, so both teams go all out for victory. In our Bledisloe Cup betting guide you will find all you need to know about this series, including its history and where and how to bet on The Bledisloe Cup.
The Bledisloe Cup History
Australia and New Zealand have battled it out for the Bledisloe Cup since the 1930s. These two Southern Hemisphere rugby union superpowers first played for the cup in 1932 when New Zealand toured Australia. The Kiwis won that series 2-1 and they were the inaugural Bledisloe Cup Champions.
The Bledisloe Cup has been dominated by New Zealand and they have won it 46 times with Australia winning it on just 12 occasions. Australia’s last win came all the way back in 2002 and their best winning sequence was when they won The Bledisloe Cup five times in a row between 1998-2002. New Zealand have won the last 15 in a row and they are hot favourites to make it 16 in 2018.
How To Bet On The Bledisloe Cup
When it comes to considering how to bet on The Bledisloe Cup there are a number of factors to think about. Most bookmakers offer a wide range of markets, for both series betting and on the individual match markets. We list some of the most popular Bledisloe Cup betting markets below.
The Bledisloe Cup Betting: Win The Match/Series
The most popular type of betting on The Bledisloe Cup is placing a wager on either team to win the match or the series. For individual match betting you can bet on either Australia to win, New Zealand to win, or the draw. Alternatively, you can bet on either team to lift The Bledisloe Cup outright with most bookies. Odds differ from bookmaker to bookmaker, so make sure to shop around for the best value.
The Bledisloe Cup: In Play Betting
Due to the interactive gambling act bookmakers that are licensed in Australia are forbidden from offering punters in play betting online. However, plenty of bookies (including Unibet Australia) display in-play odds on their websites and you simply have to pick up the phone to get your in-play bet on. If you fancy yourself as someone who can read a match better than most then in-play betting could be the ideal opportunity for you to bank some dollars on The Bledisloe Cup.
The Bledisloe Cup Betting: Half Time/Full Time Wagers
This is a market on offer from the majority of Australian bookies for The Bledisloe Cup, including Ladbrokes Australia. With half time/full time wagers, you bet on who will be leading at half time, and who will be leading at full time. So, if the Kiwis have been starting matches quickly, but fading late, it might be worth chancing New Zealand half time/Australia full time for their opening Bledisloe Cup clash in 2018.
The Bledisloe Cup Betting: Handicap Markets
It is painful to admit it, but New Zealand have dominated us Aussies for some time in The Bledisloe Cup and they are showing no signs of slowing down. Backing Australia has been an expensive pastime in The Bledisloe Cup, but in the handicap markets you can back them with a head start. So, for example, if you back Australia +12 points in the handicap market against New Zealand and they lose by 10, you will still be on a winner. Getting a few dollars back is a nice way to ease the pain of losing to your biggest rivals!
The Bledisloe Cup Betting: Margin Markets
Another popular bet type for The Bledisloe Cup are winning margin wagers. These types of bets are useful if you think a match is going to be close or one sided. With margin wagers, you bet on what the winning margin will be at full time, New Zealand by 1-5 points, for example, and if you get it right you will usually be well rewarded at generous odds, especially with Unibet Australia.
The Bledisloe Cup Betting: Player Markets
Sometimes you can win big by betting on the player markets for The Bledisloe Cup. Crownbet usually offer extensive player markets, including first/last/anytime try scorer, man of the match betting, top series try scorer and top series points scorer. So, if you fancy Israel Folau to have a field day against the Kiwis, you could turn a profit by backing him to score a try in the player markets with Crownbet.
Where To Bet On The Bledisloe Cup
Perhaps the most important decision you will make is where to bet on The Bledisloe Cup. As can be seen from the above there is no shortage of options when it comes to markets, but it is crucial to shop around in order to maximise your profits. In order to do that the two most vital things to consider are quality of odds and range of promotions available for The Bledisloe Cup.
At the time of writing in May 2018 there were no markets formed for The Bledisloe Cup which is still a few months away. However, prices for other rugby union competitions, like Super Rugby for example, are a good indication of the quality of odds available. In our experience, both Bet365 Australia and Palmerbet are near the top of the tree when it comes to value for rugby union betting.
Another way that punters can boost their winnings on The Bledisloe Cup is by searching out the best promotions. Some Aussie bookmakers are a lot more prolific than others when it comes to offering rugby union promotions and Crownbet and William Hill Australia are consistently up there with the best when it comes to running promotions, not just for The Bledisloe Cup but for all sports.
The Bledisloe Cup Last 10 Winners
The Bledisloe Cup Winner Odds 2018
At the time of writing (May 2018) no odds were available for The Bledisloe Cup 2018. However, we update these articles regularly so make sure to check back closer to the first test and you will find the very latest match and series odds for The Bledisloe Cup 2018.
The Bledisloe Cup Betting Advice
- Confidence can be key so make sure to check recent form and head to head statistics before betting on The Bledisloe Cup.
- Home advantage can be key, especially for the final match of the series if it is level after the first two tests.
- Prices can vary massively between bookies so always make sure to shop around before you have a bet.
- Don’t forget to check the weather forecast too as some teams are suited to dry sunny conditions while others love it when the mud is flying.
- New Zealand have totally dominated Australia in The Bledisloe Cup in recent years, so they are difficult to oppose.
- Unless their form somehow falls off a cliff, The Kiwis are definitely the team to beat in 2018.