2019 Six Nations Rugby - Jacob Stockdale tipped for top tryscorer awards

Ireland winger Stockdale to repeat last year's heroics
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Ireland's Jacob Stockdale tipped to score the most tries at the 2019 Six Nations Rugby Championship (Getty Images)

2019 Six Nations Top Tryscorer Tips


Jacob Stockdale lit up the 2018 Six Nations Rugby Championship with a record-breaking seven tries. The Ireland winger is listed at a modest 2.75 to finish as Ireland’s top tryscorer in 2019 and there is plenty of value on Stockdale finishing as the 2019 Six Nations top tryscorer at 5.00.

Stockdale's 2018 tries


Stockdale scored a tournament record seven tries at the 2018 Six Nations. He failed to open his account in round 1 against France, but made amends with two tries against Italy a week later. The winger then bagged braces against Wales and Scotland before signing off with a try against England to help Ireland secure the Grand Slam.

The 22-year-old failed to score in his next four appearances for Joe Schmidt’s side following the 2018 Six Nations championship. However, Stockdale finished off the year in style with a try in the historic victory over world champions New Zealand.

The 16-9 win at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on 17 November 2018 was just the second win against New Zealand in 31 attempts and their first ever home win against the All Blacks. Stockdale produced a superb chip-and-chase try, a moment of brilliance from the winger that decided the contest.

Stockdale's current form


The winger has not only ended Stockdale's minor try drought for Ireland, but also showed impressive form for Ulster of late. He began 2019 with two tries in the 26-22 win over Racing 92. A week later, he produced another solid attacking shift, beating five defenders in the 14-13 win over Leicester Tigers.

Stockdale currently sits joint top of this season's Champions Cup try scorers' list, level on six tries with Sean Cronin. Watch out for his trademark chip-and-chase, which has recently unlocked the likes of New Zealand and Racing 92.

Key Statistics


  • Jacob Stockdale scored 7 tries at the 2018 Six Nations, 3 more tries than any other player.
  • Jacob Stockdale's 7 tries at the 2018 Six Nations was 5 more than Ireland's second-highest try-scorer Bundee Aki.
  • Jacob Stockdale has scored 12 tries in 14 tests for Ireland.
  • Jacob Stockdale is the joint top tryscorer in the Champions Cup with 6 tries in 6 appearances.

Verdict


Despite being only 22 years of age, Jacob Stockdale has proven at every level of the game that he is no one-hit wonder. It is difficult to look beyond the winger when predicting Ireland's top try-scorer at 2.75.

It is also worth betting on Stockdale to finish as the 2019 Six Nations top try scorer at 5.00. This represents value given that no player in Europe is outscoring the winger at international or club level.

Best Bet: Jacob Stockdale Top Ireland 2019 Six Nations Tryscorer @ 2.75 at Sky Bet - 6 Units
Value Bet: Jacob Stockdale Top 2019 Six Nations Tryscorer @ 5.00 at Bet365 - 4 Units
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Freetips staff 02 February 2019

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