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The best of the backs, by Emma Thurston

This season we have seen the level of attacking rugby in the Aviva Premiership move up a notch, writes Bloggers’ Bench member Emma Thurston.

More and more our sides are keeping ball in hand and playing at pace. To date 641 tries have been scored and 64 try scoring bonus points have been produced by our Aviva Premiership sides and at the heart of those statistics have been some standout backs. 

In the black and gold of Wasps we have seen Elliot Daly flourish, last season he spend much of the year covering at Full Back and whilst he applied himself with ease it is in the centres where he is most at home. Daly’s brilliant turn of pace is complimented by his ability to evade tacklers and his arching run has become a trademark. It is fair to say that most teams won’t think twice about giving a penalty away on half way or or five meters inside their own half, however with Daly on the pitch the opposition have to think again. His boot is remarkable as he makes those distances look like child's play as he delivers with pinpoint accuracy. Defensively he is as sure as they come and as the domestic rounds have gone on.

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