The Bledisloe Cup is more than just a Rugby Union test match, it's a symbol of the fantastic ANZAC history and rivalry shared between Australia and New Zealand. Since the introduction of the Tri Nations series in 1996, these games between the two sides are included in the Bledisloe Cup rivalry, which guarantees at least two games annually.
If history is anything to go by, New Zealand should be highly regarded among Bledisloe Cup betting fans, holding it 39 times compared to Australia's 12, and having won the last eight in a row.
Bledisloe Cup Betting Types
TAB.com.au offers a huge range of Bledisloe Cup betting options, including head-to-head, First and Last Tryscorer, Half/Full Doubles and Margin betting. Below are some of the more popular Bledisloe Cup betting options.
Head To Head
The traditional head-to-head betting option allows punters to select the winner of each match, or the entire series.
First Half/Second Half Winner
For a quicker result, these options allow TAB.com.au customers to pick the winner of an individual half of one game. Bets can be placed on either team for either half.
The Half/Full Double allows the punter to choose from a combination of scenarios to play out at half time or full time. For example, you could select Australia to lead at half time, but for New Zealand to win the game (Australia/New Zealand), or for the game to be tied at halftime, before Australia runs away with it (Draw/Australia).
First Tryscorer markets are very popular and it is requires punters to correctly select which player will score the first try. This betting option is available at the start of the match and then again after half time, with punters then required to pick the First Tryscorer in the second half. An exciting Bledisloe Cup betting option, First (or Last) Tryscorer allows keen punters to pick up good prices on players who make a habit of scoring tries.
Teams are assigned a pre-determined handicap by TAB.com.au, largely based on form. For example, Australia may be given a -9.5 against an in-form New Zealand side, which means that a bet on Australia is a bet on them to lose by no more than 9.5 points, or to win the match. Conversely, a bet on New Zealand would require them to beat Australia by more than 9.5 points.
Margin bets generally involve picking a winning margin for the successful team. There are five options in total, with the punter able to choose either team to win by 1-12 or 13+ points or for the match to end in the draw. For greater odds, Exact Winning Margin betting is also available.