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Ryan Hall the Record-Breaker – How a Super League legend was made

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Rugby League fans saw history made last night as Ryan Hall crossed over the whitewash two more times to register his 247th and 248th Super League try, taking the all-time try-scoring record from his former teammate Danny McGuire.

It was an inevitability that Ryan Hall would take the record, it was simply a case of when and now the date will live on forever in history. The 14th of June 2024. How long the record will stand for, given Josh Charnley is just nine games behind him and over three years younger than him is a worry for another day. Last night was all about Ryan Hall.

Fans, pundits and other players have made that clear, as well as Hull KR coach Willie Peters who was straight to the point in his post-match press conference as he told BBC Sport Humberside: “Tonight is all about Ryan Hall.”

Peters continued, adding:  “I thought it was a great performance from the team but it was Ryan Hall’s night. He has been waiting a long time for that and it’s well-deserved. His career speaks for itself and is amazing.”

Hall’s two-try haul came as part of a thumping 32-6 win for Hull KR, however, it wasn’t all plain sailing. The Robins went behind to Huddersfield Giants when Esan Marsters pouched a looping Tyrone May pass and ran 80 metres to score.

Trailing 6-0 on the half-hour mark, KR put themselves ahead just before the break via signings Peta Hiku and Tyrone May before taking control in the second half thanks to Mikey Lewis‘ generalship.

Matt Parcell then darted over before Hiku bagged his second to secure the win and allow Ryan Hall to seize the glory and score his record-equalling and record-breaking tries in the final ten minutes.

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What did Ryan Hall have to say about his record-breaking night?

Ryan Hall

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Ryan Hall himself had a similar assessment as Willie Peters when speaking to Sky Sports, explaining: “It’s really pleasing. I didn’t want to make too much of it but everyone jumped on and we had a big pile on so I couldn’t help myself.

“I’m really pleased today with what I’ve done. Try-scoring goes down as a wingers thing and I’ve played there for quite a few years so I’m glad to have finally got there.

“It’s like buses isn’t it? It took me ages to get there, it’s been a long time coming. I blew the first one of the game after about two minutes, I slipped and I might have got there if I had studs in the ground and then I had to wait 72 more minutes to get there but I’m glad I got there finally.”

The humble hero was just that, far too humble as well, meaning it was for those on social media to laud the plaudits onto him and there was plenty of fans who did so.

How social media reacted to Ryan Hall’s record-breaking night

Ryan Hall

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One of the first players to congratulate Ryan Hall on his achievement was the man who could well break the record himself, Josh Charnley, with the Leigh Leopard winger reposting the news of the record-breaking try with a simple “Congratulations”.

Another man who will have awarded plenty of Hall’s 248 Super League tries is Richard Silverwood and the former Super League official offered plenty of plaudits to the 36-year-old.

Silverwood posted: “Outstanding winger. Great achievement. Interested to find out who will switch sides though next year as both he and Handley play left wing.”

Betfred Super League themselves were heading to the archive to share footage of Hall’s very first-ever Super League try, all the way back in 2007, with a 19-year-old Ryan Hall running in at the corner courtesy of a Keith Senior pass.

Hall’s first club Leeds Rhinos shared the news of his record-breaking feat posting an image of his iconic try against Huddersfield Giants when he helped the Rhinos win the League Leaders Shield.

Fan reaction at the try saw a plethora of the usual terms with “legend”, “hero”, and “GOAT” all being thrown about. None of those words do him justice either, such is the indescribable quality that Ryan Hall boasts.

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