Hall moves up to fifth in all time try scorers list
Rhinos Ryan Hall goes over to score.
Ryan Hall’s second half try in the defeat against Warrington on Friday night saw the winning move to fifth in the all time list of try scorers in the club’s history.
Going into the game he was level with Drew Turnbull on 228 but his try in the 55th minute saw him move up to fifth spot in his own right.
Here are the top six try scorers in the club’s history.
1. ERIC HARRIS (1930-39)
Appearances – 383 Tries – 392 Goals – 16 Points – 1208
Signed from Brisbane Wests, he was originally scheduled to go to Rochdale Hornets until the then Leeds skipper, centre Jeff Moores brought him to Headingley as his wing partner. As the main strike player of the first great Leeds sides of the thirties and he scored what former President Harry Jepson described as probably the greatest try he ever saw at Headingley, in the 1938 Championship semi final. It was on the Monday after Hunslet had qualified on the Saturday and the city was agog with the possibility of an ‘All Leeds’ decider. The interest was massive and the ground alive with the tense excitement. Swinton held a narrow lead going into the later stages and were pressing for victory and Eric stepped in, intercepted full back Barnes’ inside pass – who had delayed a fraction too long – and in the twinkling of an eye sped clear along the South Stand side. Every step was cheered to the rafters with the increasing realisation of what the score meant – even by Hunslet fans in the crowd. Like all the greatest exponents, he scored vital tries in major matches when it mattered the most and was genuinely feared by opposition players and supporters. He had an ability to seemingly glide and a wonderful shake of his hips to bamboozle full backs, he genuinely did ghost past his opposite number which is how he got his nickname of the ‘Toowoomba Ghost’. His exploits were stunning and marvellous in the truest sense of the word, we marvelled at his abilities and he was a wonderful asset to and for the club.
2. JOHN ATKINSON (1965-82)
Appearances – 518, Tries – 340, Points – 1020
Set the template for wingers, all class, elegance and the most deadly of finishers given the slightest hint of a chance. There is little better as a near perfect example of his ability than his vital try at Wembley in 1978 which got us back in the game and which must still haunt Geoff Pimblett who he totally bamboozled with his twinkling feet. He was a wonderfully graceful runner who used the touchline as an ally. He had the ability to change pace and direction in a split second and loved the thrill of crossing the whitewash which he did in so many big games for both club and country – they were his stage. He could easily have been a top sprinter and when he went through the gears there were few better and he did it so consistently over such a long period of time. John sadly passed away at the end of 2017.
3. ALAN SMITH (1962-83)
Appearances – 479 Tries – 283 Points – 849
Alan’s achievements were truly astonishing bearing in mind that we almost lost him when, after a loan move to Bramley, he came back after they decided they didn’t want him. He’d already scored four tries on his debut which still ranks as the best ever and went on to become a world class winger. His trademarks were his bravery and power, especially from close range when he was near unstoppable. If Eric Harris was the rapier, he was the bludgeon. Never one to let an opponent stand in his way, he was superb at getting up a head of steam and careering through rather than round them. His tackling was phenomenal also, it reflected his fearless approach especially when he menaced inside and took an unsuspecting centre out of the play, ball and all. He often played when injured, not so as you’d notice, though. Seventh in the club’s all time appearance list, he was incredibly consistent and an important part of the last Ashes winning squad down under in 1970, a highlight of his glittering career.
4. DANNY MCGUIRE (2001-2017)
Appearances – 424, Tries – 267, Goals – 7, Points – 1075
One of only five men to captain Leeds to Championship glory, fittingly for a Champion career, McGuire finished his time at his home town club as a winner, winning the Harry Sunderland Award for the second time in his career as he scored twice in the Rhinos 2017 Grand Final win over Castleford. McGuire, who originally joined the club from East Leeds ARL, was a key member of the Golden Generation, winning eight Grand Finals during his career, two Challenge Cups, three League Leaders Shields and three World Club Challenges. Originally a lethal support play finisher, his game matured and developed during his time at the club as he began to dictate the Rhinos play and lead them to previously unprecedented levels.
5. RYAN HALL (2007-PRESENT)
(As of 8/5/18) Appearances – 319 Tries – 229 Points – 916
A late developer, Hall joined the Rhinos from Oulton Raiders and made his first team debut within a year at the Magic Weekend clash with Bradford in Cardiff. Ryan enjoys the biggest of occasions whether for club and country, which was particularly true in 2014 when ended the club’s long wait for Challenge Cup glory with his two tries the win over Castleford at Wembley, earning himself the Lance Todd Trophy. A constant thorn in the side of Australia and New Zealand when he dons the England shirt, Hall has shown remarkable consistently across his career to this day.
6. DREW TURNBULL (1948-56)
Appearances – 230 Tries – 228 Points – 684
Arriving as a teenager when Scotland was proving to be a fertile recruitment ground, Drew was a classic wingman from the Borders who knew his way to the line. He ended with a remarkable record of a try a game average over an incredible eight seasons which is up there with the very best. He could score from any distance but, close in, was like a torpedo. Arriving as part of the rebuilding of the club, at his peak he was a nightmare for defences with his decisive runs at full pace. Sadly his prolific efforts did not bring winner’s medals at a time of transition but he could thrill a Headingley crowd as well as any and frequently out of nothing and often with a diving finish. Drew sadly passed away in 2012.