All league fans keep a close eye on the NRL ladder, but it offers few valuable insights for NRL punters!
From a betting perspective you can learn much more with our NRL Line Ladder.
The Line Ladder records wins and losses against the closing betting line.
The NRL Ladder for Punters: How it works
For example, let’s say the Storm were playing the Dragons. The closing line is -9.5 (Storm) and +9.5 (Dragons).
Storm win the game by 20 points.
The Storm covered the line by 10.5 points. So they record 1 cover, and their ‘Final margin v closing line’ figure is 10.5.
The Dragons record 1 miss, and their ‘Final margin v closing line’ figure is -10.5.
Then those figures just accumulate through the season. The ladder is ranked first by covers, then by cumulative margin vs the closing line.
That’s all there is to it. It measures team performance, but in relation to the market. So you get a view of how well the betting market is performing in predicting each team’s results. A good example of this in 2019 was South Sydney. They had a great year, finishing in third position on the NRL ladder at the end of the regular season. But despite looking good in terms of wins and losses, they often fell short of the market’s expectations. They covered the line only ten times in their 24 matches to finish way down in 13th position on the line ladder. They weren’t often a good line betting proposition. That’s the sort of information that is valuable as a punter.