Some of the best backs (and forwards) in the world have already demonstrated their try scoring ability at the rugby world cup, and now as the tournament heats up, so does the race to be crowned top try scorer.
South Africa’s Bryan Habana claimed the crown last time round in 2007, crossing the line eight times as the Springboks claimed the biggest prize in world rugby, but the Stormers flyer is unlikely to be in contention this time round having only touched down once so far, against Namibia.
England’s Chris Ashton threw his hat emphatically into the ring having gone into the tournament without scoring since February by claiming five tries in two games including a hat-trick against Romania.
The Northampton wing sits atop of the try scoring table and is betting favourite to finish the tournament on top at 3/1 with BetFred. With a game against Scotland to come in the group stages Ashton may well add to his impressive tally but England’s indifferent form mean they may not stay in the tournament long enough to the rugby league convert to keep ahead of his nearest rivals.
Behind Ashton sits a group of five players who have scored four tries each, the most dangerous of which are Israel Dagg and Richard Kahui.
The All Blacks are yet to face Canada and will be expecting a triple figure score against the Canucks, with Dagg and Kahui at the heart of the action.
If either man can bump their tally’s up before things tighten up in the knockout stages, then they are a very tempting proposition, especially at 8/1 and 6/1 with Sportingbet respectively – the fact that the All Blacks are favourites to reach the final and therefore present more opportunities to their players to score only sweetens the deal.
Kahui may lose his place in the side with Conrad Smith and Ma’a Nonu likely to start at centre (although he can play on the wing), meaning Dagg, who has usurped Mils Muilaina at full back may be your best bet.