Gallagher Premiership Rugby Week 11 First Try Scorer Predictions & Tips

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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 all matches in the 2020-21 Gallagher Premiership season and has been picking out our favourite try scorer selections for a number of games.

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First Try Scorer Predictions & Tips: Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs (Friday 19:45 GMT)

Defending champions Exeter Chiefs travel to Sale Sharks on Friday evening looking to get back to winning ways following last weekend’s narrow 13-12 loss against Northampton Saints. Chiefs coach Rob Baxter has made two changes to his pack with Sean Lonsdale and Jacques Vermeulen coming in to replace Will Witty and Richard Capstick. Joe Simmonds moves from the bench to start at fly-half, while Josh Hodge will wear the number 15 shirt with Stuart Hogg on international duty with Scotland. Sam Simmonds once again lines up at the back of the pack, and he has proved to be a try scoring machine this season. He has scored 11 tries this season, and I am backing him again to cross over for the opener.

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First Try Scorer Predictions & Tips: Wasps v London Irish (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

Wasps will be looking to leapfrog London Irish on the Gallagher Premiership table when the two lock horns at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday afternoon. Wasps currently sit in ninth place with 24 points, while the Exiles are two places and one point ahead of them. Wasps coach Lee Blackett has made seven changes to the team that lost to Leicester Tigers last weekend, with Will Porter, Jacob Umaga, Michael Le Bourgeois, Juan de Jongh, Tom Cruse, Tom West and Jeff Toomaga-Allen all coming into the starting line-up. Hooker Cruse, who signed a new undisclosed-length contract earlier this week with the club, has been promoted from the bench and I am backing him to celebrate his new deal with a barge over try from close range to get the score board ticking over.

First Try Scorer Predictions & Tips: Northampton Saints v Bath (Sunday 13:00 GMT)

Northampton Saints will be looking to make it five wins in succession when they take on Bath at Franklin’s Gardens on Sunday. Saints director of rugby Chris Boyd has made five changes to his starting line-up with Tom Wood, Nick Auterac, Tom James, Taqele Naiyaravoro and Tommy Freeman all returning for the home side. I am going for the Saints to open up the scoring with a barge over try after they have marched up the field. I am expecting captain Lewis Ludlam to lead from the front and cross over for the opening try of the game to take his season total to three.


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