Australian winger Valentine Holmes heads the top tryscorer market at around 7/1 for the World Cup that kicks off in Melbourne on Friday where hosts and favourites Australia take on England.
The flying winger, who averages a try every 2 games in the NRL for Cronulla, scored a hat trick in game 3 of State of Origin for Queensland earlier this year and is a slight favourite in a very competitive market.
This is always a wide open market and is usually won by a player who can bag a hatful in one of the less competitive games. With France and Lebanon to come after England for the Green and Gold in Group A Holmes will have plenty opportunity to fill his boots and add to the 2 international tries he’s scored already.
Dane Gagai is likely to fill the other wing berth for the Aussies and is 2nd favourite in the books at around 8/1. The bunnies star is comfortable playing anywhere in the backline but his 7 tries in 7 Origin games for the Maroons should see him given a spot on the right wing.
Of the 2 I’d definitely prefer the free scoring Gagai but it’s a market for fun bets only as anything can happen, one player could score 5 or 6 in one game to claim the award.
With the Aussies short odds on to retain their trophy the market is flooded with Green and Gold stars, with Josh Mansour next at around 9/1. Not sure if he will be 1st choice though as he came into the squad as a late replacement for Darius Boyd.
Tom Trbojvec is a point bigger in the betting, with Billy Slater at 12/1.
Jordan Rapana is the shortest price of the non Aussies in the list at 12/1 but the Kiwis are in a fairly tough group, he should though play every game. On the opposite wing for the Kiwis is Dallin Watene Zelezniak and he can be backed at around 16/1 to top the try charts.
The Kiwis though can be poor against the lower ranked sides, as a draw against Scotland in last year’s 4 Nations showed, and this will surely be won by someone in Aussie colours, they won’t take their foot off the gas and should win the bulk of their games by 50 plus points.
It really could be any of them but his consistent record in origin just leads me to favour Gagai.
In 2013 Jarryd Hayne and Brett Morris shared the award with 9 tries each , Hayne is 40/1 this time but is another who has shunned the big nations and has chosen to play for Fiji over the Green n Gold . Dead heat rules will apply if 2 players are tied .
The top Englishman in the market is England veteran Ryan Hall at 16/1 with Mcgilvary at 22/1.
Hall is an experienced performer at this level and never lets his country down.
Hall averages a try a game for the wall of white and would be favoured over the Giants winger. Hall looks good value to be top England tryscorer with Bet Victor at 5/2.
The tournament dark horses are definitely Tonga, with some big NRL names choosing the island nation over New Zealand, and one of those David Fusitua could have each way claims at a good value 33/1. He averages over a try every 2 games for a poor NZ Warriors side and a strong Tongan side look destined for at least a semi final spot. If you’re backing each way be sure to check place terms , you can back Fusitau at 33/1 with Paddy Power who offer 1/4 odds on the 1st 4 places , whereas some only pay on the 1st 3 . Always worth checking .
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