Centurions try scoring ace Brierley joins elite club

Ryan Brierley of Leigh Centurions racing away to score against North Wales Crusaders. Photo: Brian King.
Ryan Brierley of Leigh Centurions racing away to score against North Wales Crusaders. Photo: Brian King.
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RYAN Brierley reached the 40-try mark with his race at Wrexham and has recently become the third highest try-scorer in a season in Leigh’s history.

Neil Turley holds the seasonal record with 55 tries in 2001 and Steve Halliwell scored 49 tries in 1985-86. Brierley has overtaken long-time Club record holder, the late Bill Kindon who scored 36 tries in 1956-57. Malcolm Davies (in 1954-55), Barrie Ledger (1988-89) and Jamie Ellis (2011) each scored 34 tries in a season.

Remarkably Brierley has scored tries in every away league game this season, a total of 20 tries in 13 games. The sequence is as follows: 5-1-2-1-2-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-2. He failed to score in home league games against Swinton, Keighley and Featherstone and so has scored tries in 23 of Leigh’s 26 league games. In home games he scored 16 tries and has also scored four tries in the Challenge Cup, one away at Rochdale and a hat-trick against Featherstone, failing to score against Wigan St Patrick’s and Leeds. Of his 40 tries 19 have come in home games, 21 away.