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The five leading candidates to win the 2021 NRL top try-scorer title

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The race for the top try-scorer crown was as wide-spread as we have ever seen in 2020, with several big names and newcomers having a strong say in who is the league’s most prolific.

As we enter the new season, just as many, if not more, players have been touted to be in contention for the try-scoring title. This is similar in some ways to the increasing number of tries scored in recent years in the Six Nations according to stats released by Betway Sports.

So to make things easy, we’ve narrowed the race down to the top five candidates.

Alex Johnston

It would be a poor list if we didn’t kick things off with the Rabbitohs star and reigning try-scoring champion.

Johnston was an absolute menace for the opposition last year, scoring 23 tries from 22 games – including a five-try haul against the Roosters to end the home-and-away season.

The pacey flyer will be heavily backed to take out the crown once again, especially after Souths’ impressive off-season shopping in attaining Jai Arrow, Josh Mansour and Benji Marshall.

Stephen Crichton

Many are backing the Panthers to go one better in 2021, and to do so they’ll need their prized centre to fire on all cylinders once again.

The highly-touted 20-year-old ended his first full season with 17 tries from 22 games and a place on the league try-scoring podium for his efforts.

With a number of key figures since departing the Riff, Crichton will need to take his game to  a new level in hope of delivering a premiership to the mountains.

Kyle Feldt

The Cowboys winger scored a remarkable 19 out tries out of his club’s grand total of 67, with a three-piece haul coming in the final round of the season to take out second place in the league standings.

For the rest of the North Queensland squad, 2020 will be placed in the rear-vision mirror, but the 29-year-old is primed to compete with his former self in a campaign that should also see the Cowboys improve on their 14th-place finish.

Should the flashy flyer have another dominant season and his teammates up their score, there’s no doubt he’ll be back on the podium and potentially perched atop it.

Maika Sivo

The Eel’s monster winger has amassed a staggering 37 tries in his two seasons in the NRL, highlighted with his 22-try season that saw Sivo claim the crown with the most downs in 2019.

Off-contract at the end of the season, the 27-year-old will be looking for a career-best campaign in hope of landing a lucrative pay deal that is deserving of the Parramatta star.

Crazy to think Sivo went 10 games without a try last year. If he can land a hot streak or two he’ll leave the rest of the competition in the dust.

Josh Addo-Carr

The NSW superstar will be looking to depart the Storm in style and start his career as a Bulldog with an NRL top try-scorer crown over his head.

The Melbourne flyer totalled 16 tries in 2020, and like Sivo, went 10 games without a score to his name. Should the Storm’s new-era side flourish as they did so last year, Addo-Carr will be well positioned in the hunt for the top scoring title.

The men in purple were the highest try-scoring club from last season, edging out fellow grand finalists Penrith with a staggering total of 106 tries, plenty of which came from the ‘Foxx’.


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