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Waldrom edging closer to all-time try record

Thomas Waldrom’s stunning try-scoring form this season has seen him tie Neil Back’s Aviva Premiership Rugby record haul for a forward – but the Exeter Chiefs No.8 is still one short of the competition’s greatest-ever tally.

That honour belongs to former Richmond winger Dom Chapman, who crossed over a remarkable 17 times in as many games during his side’s 1997/98 campaign.

Back set the record for a forward the following year, when the Leicester Tigers and England flanker touched down on 16 occasions over 23 appearances.

In a thrilling 24-20 victory over Saracens at Allianz Park on Sunday, Waldrom’s try double helped Chiefs leapfrog their opponents into the Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-final places and drew him level with Back’s impressive tally.

The former Tigers No.8 has also bettered Back’s ratio by bringing up the record in 21 games, having been an ever-present for his new side this year.

Back and Waldrom share their haul with Saracens winger Chris Ashton, whose stunning 2009/10 season – while at Northampton Saints – saw him claim 16 tries in 20 games.

Waldrom will have a chance to tie the overall record or break it outright when Chiefs hosts Sale Sharks at Sandy Park looking to secure their semi-final spot on the final day of the regular season next weekend.
 

Name Team Position Season Apps Starts Rep Tries
Dom Chapman Richmond Wing 1997/98 17 17 0 17
Neil Back Leicester Tigers Flanker 1998/99 23 22 1 16
Chris Ashton Northampton Saints Wing 2009/10 20 20 0 16
Thomas Waldrom Exeter Chiefs No.8 2014/15 21 21 0 16
Iain Balshaw Bath Rugby Full-back 1999/00 21 20 1 15

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