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Ex-Leeds Rhinos receives amazing tribute for “best moment of World Cup” against New Zealand

Ben Jones-Bishop has played in and scored in every major final in British rugby league.

In 2011 he made his Wembley debut scoring in defeat to Wigan prior to winning the 2011 Grand Final for the Leeds Rhinos.

Though he didn’t score that day, he got over the line in the 2012 decider against Warrington as Leeds claimed back-to-back titles.

Earlier that season he made his World Club Challenge debut and scored the decisive try in victory over Manly.

So, Bishop has scored some massive tries but the one he got tonight might just be his favourite.

In Jamaica’s second ever World Cup game, they battled against the world’s number one ranked team in the shape of New Zealand.

To Jamaica’s credit, despite a tide of tries, many expected it to be an even bigger scoreline at the MKM Stadium tonight.

They valiantly stood up against the Kiwis only conceding 12 tries which was dwarfed by the amount Australia ran in against Scotland last night at Coventry.

They also frustrated New Zealand with a series of successful short kick-offs.

But after they failed to score a try against Ireland last week just notching a penalty in their 48-2 defeat, tonight they wanted that first ever World Cup try and it came courtesy of Ben Jones-Bishop.

The Sheffield Eagles winger playing fullback chased a kick which was spilt, kicked ahead himself and scored.

Within an instant he was surrounded by his teammates celebrating as if they’d just won the World Cup demonstrating just how much it means.

A man who deserves it after being a part of this journey from the very beginning and one of his Jamaican teammates who hasn’t been available for the tournament through injury, Jordan Turner, summed up the moment perfectly on BBC: “Best moment of the World Cup, Ben Jones-Bishop on his 300th appearance gets to write his name in the history books with Jamaica’s first ever try in a World Cup.

“What a fitting tribute to him, a lot of adversity throughout his career with some serious injuries and he’s come through the other side.”

After the game both sides formed a guard of honour for the try scorer after the teams traded shirts.

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