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Nic Ladds 2nd Feb 2010 - 16:35

Who'll be the one to succeed and try, try again?

The Six Nations top try scorer market is great to get involved in to give you an added interest all the way through the tournament with some big prices available and huge satisfaction if you manage to unravel this tough market and pick the one who will do their country the most proud.

The logical choice of course is to simply pick a winger from the country you think is most likely to do well and wait for them to run them in but over the years this hasn't necessarily been the best strategy.

Last year two centres topped the try scoring charts with four tries each, Brian O'Driscoll and Riki Flutey were the two to shine for their countries try wise and the pair are 12/1 and 25/1 respectively to top the charts again and it could largely depend on the kind of game their respective countries play.

England's centres have looked stifled recently and the Three Lions have not been prolific at all but with Flutey back and the likes of Delon Armitage (22/1) and Matthew Tait (50/1) in the squad this could change, but out of the two O'Driscoll has led the line at Leinster all season and is a man that you have no doubt will score at least a couple.

2008 did see the wingers prosper, Shane Williams top scored with six (14/1 this time) with Vincent Clerc one behind on five (10/1 this time) and with both likely to start you can give them a live chance of scoring few with Clerc in particular playing for a potentially devastating French side.

Ireland wing Tommy Bowe is unsurprisingly the 8/1 favourite - he has been awesome for Ospreys and is one of those players that looks like he could score every time he gets the ball and you can be sure he will be getting the service.

It is unsurprising that French and Irish wide men dominate the betting as they do look like the teams most likely to prosper on paper but with William Hill's each way terms offering ¼ the odds for the first four places it could pay to look further down the market as in 2008 Italian prop Martin Castrogiovanni came third in this market at huge odds.

Imanol Harinordiquy (33/1) and Jamie Heaslip (40/1) are two examples of back row forwards who can easily make the top four with their bursts from the back of the scrum and excellent ball carrying skills and most importantly, they play for France and Ireland respectively.

Top scorer in 2007 Ronan O'Gara can be backed at a huge 66/1 while 2006 joint top scorer Micro Bergamasco is 100/1 and it could only take two tries to make the top four, especially with the low scoring nature of many rugby union games at the moment.

Thom Evans for Scotland has been given the nod to start the first game against France and a try here would surely cement his place and the Scots tend to score very few tries compared to their rivals but a chance is taken on the Glasgow wideman at 33/1, while Rob Kearney for Ireland is devastating coming from full back and is also worth a punt at 25/1 taking advantage of the generous each way terms.


Rob Kearney - 25/1

Thom Evans - 33/1

Immanol Harinordiquy - 33/1


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