The Eels haven’t had a player in the top five try scorers list since Luke Burt in 2005, but after 14 rounds of the season they have three of the top four.
Together the Eels back three have combined for an incredible 39 of their 56 tries in their first 13 games of the season, averaging three tries between them a game.
Semi Radradra is on top of the list with 13 tries from as many appearances, while fullback Jarryd Hayne has 10 tries from 11 appearances this year.
The Roosters (26), Panthers (24) and Sea Eagles (21) are the next best, while the back three for every other team have contributed less than 18 tries for their respective teams.
While Radradra is in with a red hot crack at setting a new club record for most tries in a season, both Sio and Hayne are also a possibility of surpassing Steve Ella’s record of 23 tries set back in 1982.
“We’ve got a bit of talent there,” Eels coach Brad Arthur said.
“We have a fair bit of finishing ability, but if they don’t create the opportunities from the inside-out … a lot of the times when you’re scoring tries on the edges it’s the lead-up work, or a good indication of what you’re doing on the inside. A lot of the times it’s just the boys putting the ball over the line, but our wingers don’t bomb too many tries. Our wingers and Jarryd at the back, they make the most of their opportunities.
“At the moment those three boys and Vai as well, they are just finishing off the chances the edges are making. Without the forwards creating the metreage or the quick play the balls it wouldn’t be happening.
“At the end of the day the back three are getting the try scoring accolades, but it reflects well on everyone else at the moment. The halves are doing a great job. but they wouldn’t be getting the quality footy if the forwards weren’t doing their job. Every good edge attack revolves around momentum in the forwards.”
While Radradra and Hayne have received most of the praise for the Eels’ performances this season, Arthur insists the off contract Sio deserves a lot of credit for his side’s attack.
“Kenny goes about his business quietly,” Arthur said.
“He doesn’t bomb many tries and has got such a good natural ability to find the try line or finish off movements. If he gets half a chance, invariably he takes it.”