In a final round of fixtures almost entirely halted by covid – Sale v Worcester’s been moved to Wednesday; Gloucester v Northampton was cancelled outright – a fairly clear picture emerged of who will be duking it out in the Premiership play-off semi-finals.
But, more importantly, how much could rugby spread betting fans have won from Sunday’s games? Take a look below to find out!
Who will Wasps face in the semi-finals?
In the most one-sided game of the weekend – and that’s including Gloucester’s automatic 20-0 win over the Saints – Wasps hammered league leaders Exeter’s second string 46-5.
That’s an even bigger margin of victory than November’s 38-3 win for the Chiefs. It also meant anyone buying a one-sided SpreadEX Wasps/Exeter Points Supremacy spread of 18-21 still won you 20 times their initial bet ((46 – 5) – 21 = 20).
The fact Exeter only got the one try meant the Wasps/Chiefs Shirt Supremacy makeup came in at 67. That’s the difference between the total shirt numbers of the tryscorers of one team compared to the other – for example, double tryscorer Ben Vellacott wore no. 21, adding 42 points to Wasps’ tally. If you bought at a starting price of 33-38, you won 29 times your initial stake (67 – 38 = 29).
Finishing the regular season in 2nd place, Wasps will now face either Bristol or, dependent on what happens this Wednesday, Sale in the semis.
Where will Bristol finish the regular season?
Beating London Irish 7-36, and nabbing a crucial bonus point in doing so, Bristol secured their place in the semi-finals. Whether they face Exeter or Wasps, however, comes down to if Sale can get a bonus point of their own in a win against the Warriors.
Thanks to 3 of the Bears’ tries come in the 2nd half, the Bristol/London Irish Try Minutes Supremacy makeup hit 205. That’s the difference between the total try minutes of one team compared to the other – here 267 for Bristol and 62 for London Irish. Buy at an opening spread of 103-120, and that’s 85 times your initial stake (205 – 120 = 85).
Who qualified for the 2020/21 Champions Cup?
Alongside either Bath or Sale, Harlequins, Gloucester and Northampton will all be in the Champions Cup next season – well, unless Worcester put an absolute shift in against Sale and somehow overtake the Saints on Points Difference.
Harlequins’ 26-32 victory at Leicester was the highest scoring game on Sunday, and meant anyone buying a Total Points spread of 46-49 made 9 times their initial stake ((26 + 32) – 49 = 9).
Joe Marchant’s pair of tries either side of half time – he scored in the 40th and 49th minutes – saw his Super Mega Try Minutes makeup rocket to 138. That’s where a player’s try minutes are doubled for their 2nd try, and trebled for their 3rd. So here, it’s 40 + (49 x 2) = 138. Buy Marchant’s SMM spread at 25-28, and you picked up 110 times your initial stake (138 – 28 = 110).
And in maybe the best bet of the entire fixture list, a Match Multi-Points makeup of 840 – that’s where 1st Half Points are multiplied by 2nd Half Points, so in this case 28 x 30 – 840 – meant buying at 540-586 won you 254 times your initial stake (840 – 586 = 254).