Brierley clocks up century of tries

Ryan Brierley of Leigh Centurions
Ryan Brierley of Leigh Centurions

RYAN Brierley reached a notable milestone for Leigh Centurions on Friday night.

The scrum half scored twice in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Fourth Round win over London Broncos at the Sports Village.

Brierley, 23, beame only the tenth player in Leigh’s 137-year history to reach the century mark and only Neil Turley has recorded a quicker century.

The former Westhoughton Lions ARL product, who joined Leigh from Castleford Tigers in 2012, reached the landmark on his 95th appearance for the club.

To mark the occasion Brierley was presented with a special glass award after the game by Head Coach Paul Rowley and head of rugby Derek Beaumont, accompanied by three members of the 100 Club present at the game, John Woods, Rod Tickle and David Ingram.

“Ryan is a special person and a special player,” said Rowley. “To reach 100 tries in such a short space of time and against very good opposition in a tough environment is a remarkable achievement.

“We are all very proud of him and delighted for him, as I’m sure his family is. “

Brierley scored 43 tries for the Centurions in 2014, the highest individual tally in World Rugby League during the year and has opened the current campaign with seven tries in his first six games.

“It was a special night in my career and one of my proudest so far,” said Brierley. “Thanks especially to my team-mates and to my coach.”

Brierley was Kingstone Press Young Player of the Year in both 2013 and 2014.

To complete a special night the Centurions equaled the club record of 16 consecutive victories first set during their record-breaking start to the 2014 season.

The Top Ten try-scorers in Leigh’s history is as follows:

189: Mick Martyn

152: John Woods

149: Bill Kindon

141: Des Drummond

132: Neil Turley

128: Joe Walsh

114: Rod Tickle

112: Gordon Lewis

100: David Ingram

100: Ryan Brierley