Great Britain v New Zealand, second Test, Christchurch
Rugby League followers have a treat in store this weekend as Great British Lions take on New Zealand from 7.00am GMT on Saturday morning. Supporters can follow the play live on BBC with highlights available later in the day for those who aren’t able to catch the original coverage.
There’s also online coverage which comes to us from several respected online rugby league live streaming sites and are available to view on desktop computers or when on the move thanks to mobile apps. There’s now no reason to miss the match.
Bet on Great Britain v New Zealand Rugby League
As well as following play from the Orangetheory Stadium, you can also add a little more excitement to the occasion by betting on one of the dozens of interesting betting markets available. Major bookmakers have done the work to ensure punters can invest their cash on the outcome. Live international rugby league is a thrilling experience, especially when the Lions are involved, but it doesn’t compare to boosting your bank balance while you keep tabs on the score.
Have your say on the winner of the match, picking sides or chancing your luck on a big price about the draw. You can also trawl through the many specials which offer players a unique and fresh way to bet on Great Britain v New Zealand Rugby League. Some of the options you can expect to find are first try scorer, handicap, half time/full time, draw no bet, total points, last try scorer and anytime try scorer. There’s also half time, handicap no draw, to score a hattrick, winning margin, half time winning margin, double chance, team to score first, to win to nil and plenty more besides. Choose the market that best suits you and place a bet.
There’s even the ability to place same game multiples at certain bookmakers, including bet365. This is a new way to bet on sports, but it has taken the industry by storm and has already proven to be a big hit with punters. Add different markets from the same game to your bet slip to create a same game multiple and give yourself the chance of landing a big price winner. This is a real value for money bet and it could see you with an interest right up until the final kick of the ball.
In-play Betting is an Exciting Alternative
Backers will also be interested to learn you can bet in-play on this match with any respected bookmaker, such as William Hill, Ladbrokes and 10bet. In-play betting allows the punter to get involved at any stage of the contest. Many of the original markets remain live throughout the play and you can get your cash on. A bet is now possible, and just as exciting, in the final few minutes as it was before the start and that just adds to the drama of it all. Place your first bet after the opening whistle or add another bet to your slip when it suits.
With in-play betting, the closer you follow the game and the more attention you pay, the better the chance you’ll have of landing a winner. If you see the pre-match favourite fall behind early in the game, you’ll get a better price on them winning the match or covering the handicap. If a certain player looks in the mood to score a try you can support him in the first try-scorer market or even to score a hat-trick. With in-play betting, the prices are changing constantly to match the flow of play. It’s as much about betting at the right time as it is about betting on the right market. A fascinating battle of wits between punter and trader.
Follow the in-play betting on this match and you’ll notice the prices change to reflect the current scores. The closer we get to full-time the smaller the match betting prices will be on the leading side winning and the bigger the prices will be on the losing team turning it around. The handicap lines are also fluid and they move to match the score. First try-scorer becomes next try scorer too.
Great Britain Lions Lose Opening Match of the Tour
Great Britain Lions tours are like London buses. You wait years for one to come along and then we have two at once. The GB Team ended their wait for a tour with this outing, but it started with defeat when they were downed by a Tongan invitational team. The victors that day are wrapped up in a number of off-field problems and for that reason, the match was billed as GB versus an invitational team, but it was a very strong squad nonetheless and very close to Tonga’s best.
It was never going to be easy for the Great Britain Lions following an extended hibernation and the coaching staff were hoping their players blew off the cobwebs and rustiness that day. They wanted to see better from the team when they lined up against New Zealand in the first test match of the series, but it ended in another defeat. A team can’t turn things around in less than a week after many years not playing as a unit and that was proven by the way New Zealand put them to the sword last Saturday.
The scores were competitive, but they were probably a little closer than they should be. There could be no arguments that last Saturday’s match gave us the correct winner and it never really looked in danger from the first whistle. NZ was betting favourites to win the game and they lived up to expectations without too much bother along the way. New Zealand not only beat Great Britain last Saturday, but they also taught them a lesson in the process.
Both Sides Serve Up a Tense Battle in Tight Match
The scoreboard at the end of the first tour match involving Great Britain Lions and New Zealand ended in a 12-8 defeat for the visitors. The teams were evenly matched in the first half and went down the tunnel for a break and team talk with the scoreboard reading New Zealand 2-2 Great Britain Lions. There was little between the pair in the opening exchanges as both looked to keep things tight in what was fast becoming a nervy contest. Fans had waited many years to see the Lions wake from their slumber, but they weren’t blown away by the weary start.
Thankfully, things all changed in the second half and it was the home side who came out after the re-start and took the game by the scruff of the neck. They went on the front foot from the first whistle and edged into a lead. The scores for tries ended in a 2-1 win for New Zealand with Isaako and Harawira-Naera crossing the line for New Zealand. Isaako nailed one of the two available kicks for conversations and that would’ve disappointed the player, but he was able to save face by notching a crucial penalty which drove his men across the line at an important part of the match.
Clark scored the try needed for Great Britain to keep things competitive and that was converted by Widdop to give the visiting fans hope of pulling off a famous upset. The latter also kicked over a penalty to ensure his boys stayed within touching distance of the win, but they weren’t able to get across the line. A big effort and one that gave the visitors new-found confidence, as well as winning them a few new fans, but they just fell short on the day.
Players Must Learn from Their Mistakes
That defeat in Auckland would have been tough for the players to take on the chin, especially as they performed better than many expected them too on the day. Once the dust has settled and the coaching staff are able to get their point across, working on a few mistakes on the training field, it should result in a better, sharper team this weekend for the second test match and we’re excited for the drama that awaits. Some may be put off by the early kick-off time, but we believe this will be well worth getting up for, setting your alarm and placing a bet on Great Britain v New Zealand Rugby League.
Casual rugby league followers know there are some big fixtures on the sporting schedule this weekend, including horse racing, Premier League football and boxing. Grab a nice priced winner in this 7.00am GMT start and any further bets placed on the day will come directly from your winnings, meaning you could, at the very least, enjoy a free Saturday of betting. That alone makes this match worth an interest but doing your research is key when seeking out a bet.
The more you read, the better chance of you beating the bookies, thankfully our team of sports betting experts and rugby league supporters are here to help. We’re taking New Zealand to win again at 1/2 with Ladbrokes. That makes more sense than the 7/4 at the same firm for GB. The draw is difficult to ignore at 22/1 with bet365.