Ashton backed in poll
Skysports.com readers vote Chris Ashton to be Six Nations top tournament try scorer.
By Rachel Brown - Twitter: @skybet_Rach
Last Updated: 09/02/12 5:27pm
Looking ahead to the second round of fixtures in the RBS Six Nations we recap the skysports.com readers' poll and ask who will top the tournament tryscorer table?
Only 17 per cent of readers backed Wales previously but following an intense opening weekend, which saw them beat Ireland by a narrow margin, 29 per cent now think Warren Gartland's men can go all the way. Sky Bet has made them joint favourites at 6/4, alongside France.
Wales have already scored three tries in this year's tournament, Jonathan Davies has two from the opening round of matches and is 6/1 to finish as the tournament's leading try scorer.
However, only 10 percent of readers think the Scarlets' man will top the table with 15 per cent favouring international team-mate George North, who is available at 8/1.
He is the first England coach to win in Edinburgh since Sir Clive Woodward eight years ago and his side are now 5/1 to win the tournament with Sky Bet. A total of 25 per cent of readers are sticking with Lancaster's men and believe his side will take the honours this year.
However, a low scoring game which ended 13-6, has done no favours for England's attempt to lead the tournament's top try scorer race.
Charlie Hodgson managed the only score of the game, yet a massive 36 per cent of readers expect to see Chris Ashton repeat his signature celebratory dive enough times to land the title. Odds are currently against him though at 14/1, as he sits behind those already on the scoreboard.
France remain joint favourites for the Championship, at 6/4, after getting off to a winning start by beating a spirited Italian side, 30-12.
Clermont trio Aurélien Rougerie, Julien Malzieu and Wesley Fofana, on debut, all scored tries while Toulouse flyer Vincent Clerc also crossed the whitewash.
However, the French wingmen are not as popular with the skysports.com readers with Clerc receiving 12 per cent of the votes and Malzieu just 10.
Clerc was the 2011 Rugby World Cup top try scorer, scoring six tries, and is 6/1 to repeat the feat, while his international team-mate, Malzieu is also available at 6/1 to top the scoring charts.