Hull star becomes record-breaker

Danny Houghton broke the record for the number of tackles in a single Rugby League match afternoon with an incredible 85 tackles against Warrington Wolves.

Hull FC and Warrington fought out the very first drawn game of the golden-point era as the sides could not be separated after ten minutes of extra-time, with the scores remaining at 14-14 at the final hooter.

While Wigan’s Morgan Smithies still holds the record for the number of tackles in the eighty minutes of a regular Super League match with 72 tackles against Salford Red Devils in 2019, Houghton now holds the record for the number of tackles made in a Rugby League match since Opta stats first started being recorded in 2003.

The former Man of Steel winner now features five times in the top ten list of the highest number of tackles in a Super League game, having made over 65 tackles in games twice in 2014, and over 66 tackles in two games in 2017.

Houghton’s 85 tackles is also higher than the record number in the NRL, held by Elijah Taylor for 77 for the Panthers against the Cowboys in 2015.

Houghton made 67 tackles during the regular eighty minutes, with an additional 18 tackles made in the golden-point period.

The 32-year old is known across the game for his tackling exploits, having been crowned Super League’s ‘Hit Man’ on five separate occasions, clocking the most tackles in a season in 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2019.

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