Sometimes new UBET users can be tentative to place a bet outside their normal practice but we are here to help you through the process. In placing a bet on an NRL or State of Origin match, there are so many different options available to the punter like the margin, line, first try, last try first scoring play etc. and one of the most popular options is first try.
There are a number of factors to include but the obvious and most important one is the frequency in which each player scores. For example, last year Brisbane winger Corey Oates was a popular choice with UBET punters because of the fact he crosses the line often, has a knack of scoring first and the Broncos’ attack generally defaults to his flank on the left.
Of course there are times when one of the middle third players will cross for first try but that occurrence is quite rare. Some forwards have an affliction to the try line while others have been conditioned by their clubs to run off their halves close to the line; that is particularly the case for back rowers such as Boyd Cordner, Kevin Proctor, Elliot Whitehead, Gavin Cooper and Bryce Cartwright as well as quite a few more.
Below are some points you may want to consider before having a punt:
POSITION: The outside backs score more tries in a game of rugby league than a forward or even the two halves from both teams. But deciding on position alone is fraught with danger when not considering the other factors. Wingers tend reap the rewards on the back of the creativity of the halves and ball-playing forwards, which is why you often see them at the shortest price for most matches.
PRICE:You obviously want to get full value for money and you’ll often notice jersey number 2 and 5 are the shortest price. Wingers are considered try-scoring specialists in most cases, while the prices of the big men up front tend to be a lot higher.
FORM: It’s important to note throughout the season how often players are crossing the stripe; whether it be first, second or even at all. You generally want your selection to be consistently scoring tries, which ties into the next point.
CONFIDENCE: A guy in great form playing on a team that’s consistently winning is a lot more likely to score first try than a player on the opposite end of the spectrum. As they say ‘winning breeds confidence’.
STRIKE RATE: Generally the smart pick for a first try-scorer is selecting a player who regularly scores a four-pointer. A lot of good wingers and centres gel well with their halves and run excellent lines to bend the defensive line.
TACTICS: An individual is forced to adjust to a team’s way of attacking and defending, which is why it is essential you study a club’s potency in attack AND how efficient their tackling is. Some teams prefer to focus on defence while others don’t.
HISTORY: For whatever reason some players perform brilliantly against certain rivals. For example Billy Slater is at his best against the Broncos and has scored more tries against them than any other player in history.
HUNCH: Some punters will often talk about a hunch or a feeling they have about a player and put some cash down on them purely on that basis. It’s not the most scientific approach but it can work from time to time.