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World Cup international revealed as Championship top try scorer favourite ahead of Super League veterans in tight market

As the pre-season ramps up and we’ve had our first sighting at two of the fourteen Championship sides, in the shape of Batley Bulldogs and Featherstone Rovers, excitement grows and with it comes predictions, opinions and in some cases betting.

For many the top try scorer market is a brilliant way to find value with so much quality across the league and some unexpected names having headed the table but generally the same faces crop up.

However, this season in the Championship it’s set to be hugely competitive with plenty of teams having a serious shot at promotion and no single dominant side in the same vein as Leigh and Toulouse in past seasons, and as such the top try scorer betting is a minefield.

Of the top five try scorers in the 2022 season only one remains with leading scorer Tee Ritson (Barrow Raiders) having been snapped up by St Helens, Krisnan Inu (Leigh Leopards) taking up a coaching role at Salford and then both Edwin Ipape and Nene Macdonald having gained promotion with Leigh, the latter having already moved to Leeds Rhinos.

All that leaves is the man who was joint highest scorer in the form of Lachlan Walmsley of Halifax Panthers with the 24-year-old tallying a huge 28 tries and being rewarded with a World Cup call-up for Scotland.

Walmsley heads the market with former Super League star Ben Crooks at 8/1, Crooks featuring for the heavily backed Keighley Cougars who have added former Man of Steel, Luke Gale, who is available at a huge 50/1.

The other major former Super League players at the top of the market include Luke Briscoe (10/1), Craig Hall (16/1), Jack Walker (16/1), Kieran Dixon (16/1), Ben Jones-Bishop (20/1), Chris Hankinson (20/1) and Kris Welham (50/1).

The market is massively congested near the top with plenty of teams represented as well and surely plenty of value for those avid Championship watchers who will likely know more than the bookmaker in this case.

Prices are taken from Sky Bet with each way terms being 1/4 odds for the first four places, here’s a selected few with others available on request.

Ben Crooks – 8/1
Lachlan Walmsley – 8/1
Jake Maizen – 10/1
Luke Briscoe – 10/1
Ben Blackmore – 12/1
Mo Agoro – 12/1
Ilias Bergal – 14/1
Latrell Schaumkel – 14/1
Paul Marcon – 14/1
Craig Hall – 16/1
Gareth Gale – 16/1
Jack Walker – 16/1
Kieran Dixon 16/1
Ben Jones-Bishop – 20/1
Jarrod Sammut – 20/1
Kyle Evans – 20/1
Ryan Millar – 20/1
Connor Jones – 25/1
Illess Macani – 25/1
Louis Jouffret – 25/1
Matthew Marsh – 33/1
Will Evans – 40/1
Kris Welham – 50/1
Luke Gale – 50/1
Dean Parata – 66/1
Dane Manning – 80/1
Max Roberts – 100/1

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