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‘It’s just a stat’: Ryan Hall on reaching try-scoring record

26 Oct 22, 5:58AM 0 Comments

Written by John Davidson

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Ryan Hall has moved up to equal fourth with Valentine Holmes for the most tries in World Cup history after his brace against France.

Hall crossed twice in the 42-18 win over France in Bolton. That puts him on 12, the same as Holmes, and just behind Bob Fulton with 12, Jarryd Hayne with 14 and Billy Slater with 16.

But the England winger describes it as “just a stat”.

“Not to be blasé, it’s just a stat,” he said.

2It’s a by-product of playing in a good team. I am a winger who normally only ever finishes moves.

“There’s a lot of cogs that go into the wheel that provides for me. I got two as products of good team work again today.”

Dom Young also scored twice against France, and Hall heaped praised on his fellow flyer,

“It’s great training with Dom,” he said.

2He’s a young athlete at the moment. He’s still learning the game. He’s got some obvious raw talent, which he displayed over 160 minutes so far of the World Cup.

“He is just going to get better and better with age. He needs a bit of fine tuning in a couple of areas. But he has a very sponge like brain at the moment. He will absorb everything.

“For him to be training with the group that he is, I’m sure he’ll pick up quite a few things, which will be all the better for him.

“I think we will see his name for quite a few years to come.”

Hall now has a record 39 tries from 37 games for England, the most for his country.

But the Hull KR man believes Young can get close to his record.

“Certainly, he’s started off in the right manner,” Hall said.

“I’m sure you’ll hear his name for years and years to come. If he’s as professional as he has shown before,

I’m sure he may catch it.”

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