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Top try scorer in 2020? experts have their say

The NRL is blessed with fleet-footed outside backs who know their way to the line.

But of them, who will finish 2020 as the Telstra Premiership's leading try scorer?

The experts at have their say on who will register the most four-pointers this season.

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Steve Renouf (Maroons legend)

Maika Sivo for me. He achieved this feat last year and I can't see it being any different in 2020. He can find the try line from out of nothing. He's got a great mix of power and speed.

Brett Kimmorley (Former Test halfback)

Blake Ferguson. Parramatta will be a top-four team this season and their powerful right winger should get plenty of scoring chances.

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Jamie Soward (Premiership winner)

Daniel Tupou. Once the Roosters work out the new rule change with the opposition not being able to tackle in the air from kicks he could have a field day.

Alicia Newton ( reporter)

I liked the look of David Nofoaluma on the edge partnering Joey Leilua for the Wests Tigers. He grabbed a double on the weekend and if he stays fit, plenty more tries are on the way.

Margie McDonald ( senior reporter)

Reuben Garrick. He was on the top-five in 2019 with 16 in his rookie year. Now he's more comfortable with his inside men like Daly Cherry-Evans and Curtis Sironen and especially Moses Suli, who sets him up beautifully. He could score 20-plus tries in 2020.

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Zac Bailey ( reporter)

He's off to a flying start already and Suliasi Vunivalu can continue in 2020 the way he started it. In his final year with the Storm, the giant winger will take advantage of the new "no tackling an attacking player in the air" rule.

Chris Kennedy ( reporter)

This year's top try-scorer will likely be not only a good finisher but one well-placed to take advantage of the new rule around tackling attacking players in the air. Suliasi Vunivalu is in the best position to be No.1 this year.

Brad Walter ( senior reporter)

Suliasi Vunivalu has a remarkable strike rate, having scored 74 tries in 95 matches for the Storm and he will be aiming to end his NRL career on a high.

Dan Walsh ( reporter)

Campbell Graham. The Rabbitohs left-edge will be downright lethal if Cody Walker and Latrell Mitchell start singing from the same hymn sheet. Graham looms as the main beneficiary and is also a handy 197cm target for Adam Reynolds' kicking game under the new no-contest laws in the air. 

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Paul Suttor ( editor)

Brian To'o is as eye-catching as his hairdo - the energetic winger has already shown in his brief time at NRL level that he's a fantastic finisher and he can cash in on the end of an improving Penrith backline this year to win the Ken Irvine Medal.

Katie Brown ( reporter)

Reuben Garrick. In his debut season, he managed to put down 16, surely it's not too much to ask that he improves on that in 2020.

Mary Konstantopoulos (Ladies Who League)

He may have started off 2020 slowly, but Josh Addo-Carr will be the top try scorer in the NRL this year. He is one of the most exciting players in the NRL and looks to have become even faster over the off-season. 

Maria Tsialis (Big League editor)

Suliasi Vunivalu has a two-try headstart and I think that's a strong signal to send out to the rest of the competition. He had a quiet 2019 but has form in the top try scorer stakes.

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Martin Lenehan ( senior journalist) 

Suliasi Vunivalu already boasts 74 tries in 95 games and his lethal combination of speed and power will ensure he bags a truckload more in 2020. He just needs to keep himself on the field.

Todd Balym ( reporter)

South Sydney could be a top-four team this year and winger Campbell Graham will be finishing off one of the hottest back lines in the NRL. With his height, he is a target for cross-field kicks. He will better the 14 tries he scored last season. 

Brett Keeble ( reporter)

In his final year in Melbourne, Storm flyer Josh Addo-Carr should be primed for a spectacular finale. "The Foxx" is capable of running them in from any distance, and has averaged 19 tries a season in the past three years.

Lone Scout ( Fantasy expert)

Suliasi Vunivalu plays for perennial minor premiership candidates Melbourne, is a try-scoring specialist playing in his final NRL season before a switch to rugby, and already has a couple of tries on the board.

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Tanisha Stanton ( reporter)

David Nofoaluma. I can see plenty of tries being scored down the Wests Tigers right side this season. If Benji Marshall and Joey Leilua both play well, there will be opportunities galore for the proven try scorer.

Troy Whittaker ( reporter)

With Latrell Mitchell gone, reliable finisher Daniel Tupou becomes one of the premiers' main attacking weapons. It won't be long before they find a way to exploit the "no tackling attackers in the air" rule, and the towering Tupou will be his side's prime target.

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Corey Rosser ( reporter)

David Nofoaluma. An elite finisher on a right edge which the Wests Tigers should favour heavily in attack all year. He's already got two tries on the board and should benefit hugely from the presence of new centre partner Joey Leilua too. 

Joel Gould ( reporter)

This is the year James Roberts should get the space and service that he needs to live up to his potential as a try-scoring machine. With Latrell Mitchell on board, Roberts has the opportunity to score upwards of 20 tries this season.

Jonathan Healy ( reporter)

Suliasi Vunivalu looked to be in good touch when scoring a brace on the weekend and expect him to be prominent for the entire season and leave rugby league on a high.

Kenny Scott ( podcaster)

Two of the top three try scorers last year were Roosters, with James Tedesco taking out third place behind Latrell Mitchell in second. Now that Latrell isn’t there, look for Tedesco to top the try-scorers list. It's one award he doesn't have.


The views in this article do not necessarily express the opinions of the NRL, ARLC, NRL clubs or state associations.

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