Featherstone’s Briscoe is modern day try record breaker

Luke Briscoe goes over for one of his record breaking tries for Featherstone Rovers.
Luke Briscoe goes over for one of his record breaking tries for Featherstone Rovers.

Featherstone Rovers star Luke Briscoe broke a modern-day try-scoring record last night as his team battled Toulouse in Betfred Championship action.

Briscoe crossed in the fourth minute of the round 13 clash, taking his tries in consecutive games tally to 16 - surpassing Martin Offiah’s 1987 record of 15.

The former Leeds winger has now bagged 26 tries in 2018 and scores in two further fixtures would see Briscoe break Eric Harris’ all-time record of tries in 17 consecutive outings.

Featherstone face Hull FC in Ladbrokes Challenge Cup action on Thursday, before welcoming Leigh Centurions to the LD Nutrition Stadium next Saturday - in round 14 of the Betfred Championship.

Briscoe said: “To overcome a record set by one of the greatest players to ever play rugby league is obviously very special.

“The team works hard to put me and our other outside backs into try-scoring positions and I am pleased to be taking the chances.

“We were disappointed to lose in France over the weekend and will be looking to bounce back.

“I am mindful of Eric Harris’ record and will be doing all I can to beat it, though the team’s performance has to come first.”

Harris’ tally of tries in 17 consecutive fixtures - set in 1937 - includes two touchdowns scored in an abandoned game against Wakefield Trinity.

John Duffy’s Rovers play host to Ladbrokes Challenge Cup holders Hull FC, in the sixth round of the competition, on Thursday (kick-off 7.35pm).

Tickets are on sale now - priced at £20 (adults), £15 (concessions) and £5 (juniors) - but by logging onto the Rovers website or by visiting the LD Nutrition Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday fans can gain a £2 discount on adult and concession admission prices.