NRL Finals

Some of the best Rugby League betting is found around the finals time, when the top eight NRL teams of the season take to the field in a series of scintillating sudden death matches to determine the two premier teams that will fight it out in the highly anticipated Grand Final match in October.

After the 26 round season wraps up in early September, the eight teams topping the ladder board qualify for the intense elimination round that consists of the Qualifying Finals, Semi Finals, Preliminary Finals and then the match to end all matches, the Grand Final where the last team left standing claims victory and the prestigious title of Season Premiers.

For teams to make it to the finals they have to bring their A-Game all season, racking up the most competition points, match points differential and points percentages to secure their spot in the top eight. Betting on which teams will get there is the best way to increase the already thrilling action that is the National Rugby League.

NRL Finals System & Schedule

Running over four weeks during August and September the NRL finals weeks are run using the McIntyre System, which was introduced into the game back in 1999.

To make the most of your Rugby League betting and see your selection victorious in the end, it is essential to understand how the final rounds work.

Every exciting week of the finals, two teams are knocked out of the competition as the Grand Final grows ever closer and the betting and footy action gets increasingly more frantic and fantastic!

NRL Qualifying Finals:

Four Qualifying matches are played between the top eight NRL teams on the Ladder – with the top four teams playing at their home grounds. Who plays who is also predetermined by their ladder position and is as follows –

1st v 8th

2nd v 7th

3rd v 6th

4th v 5th

The two teams at the top of the ladder after the qualifying finals week are instantly elevated into the third week’s Preliminary Finals and get a rest as the other four teams battle it out in the Semi Finals.

NRL Semi Finals:

Week two of the finals sees two intense semi final games play out, with matches played at the home grounds of the two winning teams from the Qualifying round lower down the Ladder.

The first Semi Final sees the fourth and second highest ranked winners from the Qualifying finals play.

The second Semi Final is between the third and first highest ranked winners from the Qualifying Finals.

NRL Preliminary Finals:

The two winning teams from the Qualifying Finals and the two winning teams from the Semi Finals play off in two last chance matches. Games are played at the home grounds of the two winning teams from the Qualifying Finals.

The first Preliminary Final is between the second highest ranked winner from the Qualifying Finals and the winner of the second Semi Final.

The second Preliminary Final sees the highest ranked winner from the Qualifying Finals play against the winner of the first Semi Final.

The two teams to win the Preliminary Finals then play in the Grand Final.

NRL Finals Betting

The NRL finals really heat up the betting markets and the cold winter weeks! Rugby League betting is at its best during finals time, as punters really get passionate about their selections making it to the big end of season match. Also, all the fans who placed futures bets earlier in the season, rugby league finals time is when they get to cash in on their winning wagers!

There is a range of alluring betting opportunities related to the NRL finals. Futures markets open pre-season and allow rugby league betting on a whole range of outcomes including teams to Make the Top 8, Make the Top 4, Minor Premiers and Wooden Spoon bets.

Of course, the closer you wait to finals time the more you know about the current season and the teams’ performances so the easier it is to select your final bets. But for the more opportunistic punter who wants to secure the bigger, more lucrative odds, the earlier you get in with your rugby league betting the better the payout in the end!

The NRL finals are all brilliant matches in themselves, each game full of action and awe as the teams are more determined than ever to make it through to the next round.

So don’t watch your team make it to the finals or even take out the Grand Final match without having a bet on them!