Following Cronulla’s record-breaking 84-6 NYC victory over the Wests Tigers, here are six premiership records that are unlikely to ever be challenged.
Most Tries in a Game – Frank Burge, 8 (1920)
Glebe’s Frank Burge, a bustling lock considered one of the giants of the pioneering era of rugby league, crossed eight times against hapless University in a 41-0 thumping in 1920. No player has scored more than six in a game since 1950, with just four players crossing for five in a match in the NRL era.
The record for most tries in a match – 8 – was in 1920 by Frank Burge for Glebe v University
— David Middleton (@Middleton_David) January 22, 2017
Biggest Premiership Win – St George 91 d. Canterbury 6 (1935)
Canterbury struggled to field a side in their first year in the premiership and were without a home ground, but even those excuses struggle to stand up to the biggest loss in premiership history – a 91-6 embarrassment at Earl Park to a St George team that ran third last. The next week the Berries lost 87-7 to Easts. The biggest margin since has been 70.
The 5 worst back-to-back losses (by points difference) since 1908: #1. Canterbury (1935) Lost 91-6 v St George & then 87-7 v Easts (-165)
— Andrew Ferguson (@AndrewRLP) August 17, 2014
Most Consecutive Premierships – St George, 11 (1956-66)
Never before, never again. The Saints won an incredible 11 premierships in a row from 1956 to 1966. To put that in context, no team has won three straight since Parramatta in 1983 or back-to-back since Brisbane in 1992-93.
— NRL Feeds (@nrlfeeds) September 28, 2016
Most Career Tries – Ken Irvine, 212 (1958-73)
The greatest try-scorer in premiership history, Irvine (pictured top) crossed for a remarkable 212 tries in a decorated career with North Sydney and Manly. Second place on that list is Steve Menzies, some 32 behind. Billy Slater has the most of all active players with 177 but would need to play on another three years and average close to 10 a season, something he is unlikely to do.
— That’s Rugby League (@RugbyLeagueGold) February 27, 2016
Youngest Player – Ray Stehr 16 Years and 85 Days (1929)
The hard-nosed Eastern Suburbs prop who would become known for his fiery temperament and thirst for on-field violence incredibly made his debut just after his 16th birthday and was still playing another 16 seasons later. NRL rules today prevent debutants playing under the age of 18.
— LeagueHQ (@LeagueHQ1) February 16, 2015
Most Tries in a Season – Dave Brown, 38 (1935)
A point-scoring maestro, Eastern Suburbs centre Dave Brown scored a remarkable 38 tries in 1935 – in just 15 games! In the NRL era Nathan Blacklock is the only player to score more than 25 in a year, posting 27 in 2001.
— LeagueHQ (@LeagueHQ1) January 25, 2015