Last weekend saw Featherstone Rovers’ Luke Briscoe break a long-standing post-war rugby league record of tries in consecutive matches.
Despite his team losing 36-10 in Toulouse on Saturday, the 24 year old surpassed Martin Offiah’s record of scoring in fifteen consecutive matches, a record which had stood for over thirty years since 1987. What’s more is that Briscoe’s try record this season has somewhat smashed all of his past try scoring feats; in fact, having scored 26 already this season, he has scored two more tries in 2018 than in the past four seasons combined – and that’s after just fifteen matches!
Unsurprising, then, that the likes of Salford Red Devils and Wakefield Trinity from Super League as well as the ambitious Toronto Wolfpack are showing interest in the Hull FC junior. While the latter seem well-stocked in the wing department following the recent acquisition of Matty Russell, Salford are understood to be keen to ensure they don’t miss out on a target in the same manner they did with the Scottish international.
His sensational try-scoring season thus far, he believes, is down to the expansive style of play Featherstone are playing under the recently named Scotland joint-head coach John Duffy. “With the way John likes to play, we throw the ball around to the edges and I’ve been there to finish off,” he explained.
Tonight’s Sky Sports live Challenge Cup match between Rovers and Hull FC at Post Office Road provides Briscoe with the perfect stage to build upon Offiah’s record he has already surpassed as he aims to break another – the all-time record held by Eric Harris, an Australian who scored in seventeen consecutive matches in the 1930s.
If he manages it, he will join his Super League brother in the Challenge Cup record books. Leeds Rhinos’ Tom crossed five times in the 2015 final against Hull KR to smash records and Luke is hoping to join him. “It’s something we could both look back on when we’ve finished our careers,” he said.