The opening two rounds of this year’s 6 Nations has been full of entertainment, with 34 tries scored. With 4 rounds to go, we look at the candidates who could finish the tournament as top try scorer.
- Elliot Daly (22/1)
A long shot, but with a try to his name already, not impossible. The England man is looking confident with ball in hand this 6 Nations, and it was his shimmying run that opened up France for England’s first try of Round 2. It’s unlikely he will score at a rate to overtake leader Jonny May, but with England in red hot form and Italy at home still to come, the England full back could have more 5 pointers coming his way.
5. George North (10/1)
Received a gift score from Yoann Huget but did exceptionally well to steal the intercept and run the distance against France. Since his move back to the Ospreys, North is firing once again. It’s still a stretch for North to claim this plaudit as he currently sits on 2 tries. In England, Scotland, and Ireland, he also doesn’t have the easiest opposition to score against.
- Jacob Stockdale (15/2)
The pre-tournament favourite got his record ticking with an astounding finish against Scotland at Murrayfield. The Ulsterman is now recognised as one of the world’s best finishers and is probably given more attention than he was as a breakout star last year. His opportunity has also been limited with Ireland being out muscled by England, and engaged in a tough grind against Scotland.
- Henry Slade (5/1)
Questioned for his capability at international level before the tournament, Slade has secured his grip on England’s 13 shirt, and has 3 tries to show for it. Scoring 2 tries against Ireland, he also looked sharp in attack against France, showing exquisite agility to score at the end of the first half.
- Blair Kinghorn (7/2)
After a hat-trick against Italy put Kinghorn’s name on the global stage, the Scotsman is right in the mix to finish as Top Try Scorer. The 6 ft 5 winger has pace, power, and is comfortable under the high-ball after primarily playing at full back for Edinburgh. With Stuart Hogg injured, Kinghorn will get more opportunities, and could add more tries to his tally.
- Jonny May (4/6)
The England flyer has been one of the players of the tournament thus far, notching up 4 tries including a first-half hat-trick against France. One of the most improved players in international rugby of recent years, his work under the high ball has been sublime. May seems likely to keep scoring, and money on him to finish top try scorer could be a worthwhile investment.
(Odds provided by Paddy Power)
Written by Connor Dickins