October 2021

How Streaky Is Your Try Scorer?

In rugby league we often focus on the total number of tries scored in a season, but how consistent are those try scorers?

The NRL has been blessed with some absolute try scoring machines. Nathan Blacklock, Billy Slater, Steve Menzies, Nathan Merritt, Brett Stewart and Semi Radradra are but a few with either astronomical strike rates or just have a pile of tries.

Every season we hear about try scorers getting on hot streaks, or experiencing droughts. 

So are the best try scorers ones that score in large clumps, or those who are almost certain to get on the score sheet every week, or perhaps it’s a little bit of both?

For this we’ll be looking at the top 10 try scorers from 2020 and 2021, otherwise known as the V’landysball era.

These stats included the entirety of the 2020 season, and the regular season for 2021.

The first thing that stands out is the fact the top try scorers are almost all wingers. Only Tom Trbojevic, David Fifita and Matt Burton don’t wear the number two or five jersey for 2021 try scorers. While in 2020 Stephen Crichton and Matt Dufty weren’t on the wings, although Sione Katoa and Nick Cotric played more than just wing during the season.

David Fifita is the only forward to be in the top 10 for either season.

In rugby league we often focus on the total number of tries scored in a season, but how consistent are those try scorers . . .

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