Super League Free Bets
The Super League, set up in 1996, is the premiere Rugby League organisation in Europe and consists of 11 teams from England and 1 from France. It has undergone numerous changes since then with relegation being introduced in 2002 and then being scrapped again with the introduction of a licencing system in 2009. This system is due to be replaced again at the start of the 2015 season with a return to relegation and promotion. The most successful team in Super League history is the Leeds Rhinos with 7 titles and the current champions are Wigan Warriors after beating Warrington in the 2016 final at Old Trafford.
The Super League consists of 11 teams who play 23 rounds of matches. Each team plays each other home and away and then plays an extra match during Magic Weekend. The top 8 teams then go into a playoff system culminating in the Grand Final where the winners of the Super League are crowned. The playoff system is separated into two tiers of qualification;
Qualifying Playoffs – The teams finishing 1st to 4th play each other with the two winning sides progressing straight through to the semi-finals. The losing sides are not eliminated but move into the preliminary semi-final against the two winners of the elimination playoffs.
Elimination Playoffs – The teams finishing 5th to 8th play each other with the losers eliminated and the winners progressing to the preliminary semi-finals against the two losers of the qualifying playoffs.
The winners of the preliminary semi-finals the progress to the semi-finals where the highest ranked side gets the ‘Club Call’ and selects who they play against. The winners of the semi-finals the progress to the Grand Final.
The Magic Weekend is when each team in the Super League plays each other over a weekend at the same venue. It is an added round of matches to the normal league structure and each match is usually a local derby or a match between two sides with a lot of history. For three years the event has been held at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester although last year it was held at St James' Park in Newcastle, having also been held there in 2015.
World Club Series
At the start of each Super League season the winner of the previous year’s Grand Final plays the winner of the National Rugby League in Australia and New Zealand to determine which club is the World Club Challenge Champion. The Super League is currently leading the way with 12 winners whilst the NRL has only produced 10 winners to date. The most successful teams are the Leeds Rhinos, Wigan, Bradford and the Sydney Roosters each with 3 wins to their name. The current champions are the South Sydney Rabbitohs after they thrashed St Helens 39-0. The competition also includes league leaders and Challenge Cup winners from Super League and minor Premiership winners and Grand Final runners-up from the NRL.
Betting on the Super League
The Super League is a hugely popular betting market and there are a number of possibilities to bet on from the outright winner of the match to the margin of victory. A particularly popular market in Rugby League is the handicap market where the favourite team starts with a points handicap and you can then select who will win the match with that handicap in place. For previews of upcoming Super League clashes and tips on what to bet on keep an eye on FREEbets.org.uk
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