Thursday 24 August 2017 / 03:08 PM

SIX UP THE MIDDLE: UNBREAKABLE PREMIERSHIP RECORDS

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Nick Tedeschi

You will not find a more passionate rugby league man than Nick, whose Making The Nut column has garnered a huge cult following over the last decade. The Sydney-based raconteur co-authored The Book of NRL Lists with CBS stablemate WILL EVANS in 2014 and has penned several other books; he joined the CBS team with his weekly Six Up The Middle feature in 2016.

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