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Bet On South Africa's Rugby Games
South Africa is a proud sporting nation and arguably the most popular sport in the country is rugby. While many fans of the sports cheer on the domestic sides that compete in the annual Super Rugby competition, it is their national team that really unites the country and provides the most interest, particularly during the Rugby Championship and the Rugby World Cup.
The Springboks have won two World Cups from six appearances and are always a difficult prospect for their opponents. You can always count on them to put in a solid performance, and for this reason, they are a great team to bet on. Below are some of the best betting tips to consider when placing a wager on South African rugby matches.
2-way and 3-way Betting
World Rugby has become a much more even playing field over the years, and for this reason, you can always obtain great odds on the Springboks in International matches as both teams are always in with a genuine chance. The important thing to consider when placing a head-to-head bet is whether you are choosing the 2-way or 3-way outcome market.
Ties (or draws as they are called in the sport) are reasonably uncommon in rugby, however, you are able to select the option of a draw when betting in the 3-way market. The best advice we can give here is to pick the 2-way outcome line - this removes the draw from the equation (refunded bet) and eliminates the possibility of losing a bet without your team actually losing.
South Africa normally go into a tournament like the Rugby World Cup as one of the favourites to win the tournament, and in a competition that is guaranteed to involve matches against lower-ranked teams, the Springboks can often find themselves at head-to-head odds that are not at all worth the effort. This is where handicapped betting comes into play.
Let's say you have a match between South Africa and the United States. The Springboks will be the massive favourite here so their price is likely to be something like -600. Handicap bets normally feature odds closer to -110 and are set at a value that represents the likely winning margin. For example, in this case, the handicap line may be set at -24.5 for the South Africans, meaning that they would need to win by 25 points or more for you to win your bet.
Now if you think South Africa would win this hypothetical match up easily, and by more than 25 points, you will be able to pick your own handicap line, and this is where you can really profit. By adjusting it to say 32.5 points, you could increase your odds to around +200. This is a great way to take on the big betting companies, just be sure to do your research as always!
While on the subject of points, all the top betting sites offer a large selection of different markets to do with scoring. Sporting teams normally adhere to specific trends, and one such trend may be that they are more likely to score first or more likely to lead the game at half time. You can bet on all of these options, and if you're really bold you can pick who will score first, lead at half time and win the game - all as part of one bet!
If the exotics are not really for you and you would prefer to stick to head-to-head betting, why not try a parlay bet? This involves increasing your odds by placing wagers on two or more games at the same time. While parlay bets can be undertaken using a combination of any of the above lines across multiple games, the most simple and effective option is a parlay of 2-way head-to-head bets.
For example, South Africa may be playing a match against Fiji and enter the game as the clear favourite, paying -350, while the All Blacks are paying the same price in their game against England. The potential payout isn't too large for either game individually, however, if you put both games together you would end up with a combined price of approximately -157. Note that you will receive more money this way than if you put on two separate bets.
Live betting is offered by the biggest sports betting companies and is a great way to take advantage of some great odds, however, to be successful you will need discipline and courage. You can use this method to take advantage of rapid price fluctuations in the head-to-head and handicap markets, and the approach you should take is always the same - take note of the pre-game odds/line and refer every move you make back to that.
For example, if the handicap for South Africa against Argentina is at -8.5, and Argentina go into half time with an eight-point lead, the live handicap may shorten to around -1.5. While South Africa is down, they were originally favoured by the sportsbook to win by approximately eight points and would still be a good chance of doing so, however, if you were to put a bet on now you would only need them to win by two points.
Believe it or not, bookmakers have odds available for all major tournaments well in advance of the start date, and in the case of the Rugby World Cup, you will often find prices as early as three years out. The advantage of placing a bet early is that you will receive far better odds than on the eve of the competition, and when you're talking about a team like South Africa with a great history at the event, it makes sense to jump on early.
Regardless of how you prefer to bet, you can count on us to provide you with the best odds and lines from a variety of the biggest online sports betting companies. With all of the information on this page, you should have the resources you need to win big on South African rugby matches, so put your money down today and get ready to reap the rewards!