As anyone familiar with Australian culture will know, the NRL grand final is one of the biggest events on the antipodean sporting calendar, attracting crowds to Sydney’s ANZ Stadium of over 82,000 people and a worldwide television audience of millions.
The NRL grand final is rugby league’s showpiece occasion, and therefore NRL grand final betting results in a very busy day for Luxbet, with even those who do not usually pay much attention to rugby league often backing a team. Luxbet understands the unique appeal of NRL grand final betting and is committed to providing the full range of betting options to both the NRL betting old hand and the relative newcomer.
The NRL season begins in March, with 26 weekends of rounds being played culminating in the finals series in September, with the grand final taking place on the first weekend in October. As well as being crowned premiers for the season, the grand final winner earns the right to take on the English Super League grand final winners the following February – the NRL grand final winners also invariably provide a large chunk of the end-of-season Australian squad.
NRL grand final betting is not just reserved for the headline game, with the Toyota Cup final and NSW Cup finals both also taking place on the big day.
On the day
NRL grand final betting is dominated on the day by normal head-to-head betting and match odds. This is the bet that might be most attractive to the countless casual punters who only bet on rugby league at grand final time.
Punters can bet on the simple result as well as get involved with line (margin) betting. It is also possible to predict who will be the first scorers and what the score will be at half-time.
In addition, a crucial part of NRL grand final betting must be betting on the achievements and performance of individual players. A bet might be on the Clive Churchill Medal winner (the current holder being Glenn Stewart), the game’s top try-scorer, the top tackler or who managed the most assists.
Grand final day for some can be the culmination of watching the long NRL season unfold having placed a bet on the premiers at the start of the season – usually according to much more attractive odds than those offered on grand final day. It is possible to bet on the grand final from months in advance.
HISTORY AND RECORDS
The South Sydney Rabbitohs have won the most grand finals, taking out 20 NSWRL/ARL/SL/NRL titles in their illustrious history. St George Dragons (excluding their title as St George Illawarra) have won 15.
The Dragons also hold the record for the number of consecutive premierships, with 11 between 1956 and 1966. The Rabbitohs hold the record for the most minor premierships with 17.
The biggest win in a grand final came as recently as 2008, when Manly defeated Melbourne 40-0. The highest scoring grand final was in 1951 when South Sydney defeated the Manly Sea Eagles 42-14.
The experience of NRL grand final betting is all the more unique given this remarkable occasion’s history.