Premiership Rugby Semi-Finals First Try Scorer Predictions & Tips

Dave Kuzio:
Sam Simmonds - Exeter Chiefs Gallagher Premiership

Rugby union gets criticised for not scoring enough tries, but the first try scorer market is quite popular because even the most prolific of try scorers can attract decent odds. This market is available for both Gallagher Premiership semi-finals this weekend, and has been picking out our favourite try scorer selections for those two matches at the Ricoh Arena.

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First Try Scorer Predictions & Tips: Wasps v Bristol Bears (Saturday 13:30 BST)

Wasps and Bristol Bears will lock horns in the first semi-final of the Gallagher Premiership Double Header at Ricoh Arena on Saturday. Wasps finished the weekly rounds in second place after they defeated leaders Exeter Chiefs 46-5, while Bristol clinched third place with a 36-7 away win at London Irish. Wasps have made two changes from the team last weekend with captain Joe Launchbury returning from injury and Jack Willis also returning. The Bears welcome back skipper Steve Luatua and he will start in the pack, while Andy Uren and Callum Sheedy will start in the halves. With Jack Willis returning to the side, I am backing him to continue his fine season by crossing over for the opening try to take his overall tally to nine.

First Try Scorer Predictions & Tips: Exeter Chiefs v Bath (Saturday 16:30 BST)

Exeter Chiefs may have taken their foot off the gas in recent weeks when it comes to the Gallagher Premiership, but they have known for a while that they would finish in the top two. They ended top of the pile, but they have lost their three league matches. Bath, on the other hand, are quite fortunate to be in the semi-finals. The crept into the final four in fourth place after Sale Sharks had to postpone their final Premiership game. If Sale had played that game against Worcester Warriors and won, then they would have made the semi-finals, but they didn’t and it will be Bath taking on the Chiefs. The Chiefs have scored 83 tries this season, compared to Bath’s 59, so I am backing them to score the most on Saturday. Exeter number 8 Sam Simmonds is the one to watch when the Chiefs get close to the line, the 25-year-old has been in sensational form this season and given half a chance he will pop up in the right place. He has already scored 10 tries this season, so I am backing him to make it 11 with the opening try of the game.