When Dom Young scored four tries in the first half of England’s 94-4 win over Greece in the group stages, there was plenty of talk surrounding try scoring records and many wanted to see Young get a fifth believing that it would be record breaking.
A week later as England met Papua New Guinea in the quarter-finals at Wigan Warriors’ DW Stadium, it was Tommy Makinson crossing for five tries.
The St Helens winger crossed for a first half hat-trick and scored England’s only two tries of the second half to take his tally to five for the day and was lorded as a record holder.
He’s only the second England player to score five in one game after Kris Radlinski, in an international at least.
The former Wigan man did it in 2000 as England beat USA in England’s biggest ever win.
However, one man scored seven in an England shirt but unfortunately for him it won’t get mentioned as it wasn’t in an international as it instead came against Queensland.
This was way back in 1932 as Alf Ellaby scored seven tries in a 63-21 win.
This leaves Makinson’s tally second in an England shirt and the same goes for his points record too.
He scored 30 points on Saturday which is joint second with Marc Sneyd’s tally from the win over Greece as well as Richie Myler’s efforts in 2009.
Wayne Godwin holds the record with 34 points against Russia in 2004.