5 classic Easter tries

24th March 2016, 09:41


5 classic Easter tries

A look back at some of the best tries scored in Easter games over the past couple of years...

The Easter Weekend always throws up some cracking games and some even better tries. Here's five efforts from the last few years that lit up an Easter Weekend game


Adrian Purtell – Bradford Bulls (v Leeds Rhinos) 28/3/13


The play involved seven different players but began with Brett Kearney, Jarrod Sammut and Keith Lulia helping the ball on to Jamie Foster. Though the winger looked to be heading towards a dead end, he cut inside, fending off a number of defenders, before exchanging passes with Chev Walker in midfield.

But the Bulls still looked unlikely to unlock the Leeds defence. That was until Elliot Whitehead, from a standing start, produced a stunning 25-metre dash, ripping through no fewer than four defenders before hurling the ball inside to Purtell who strode over for his first try since returning from a heart attack suffered at the Magic Weekend in May of the previous year.

The game, at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, went on to finish 18-all.


Sam Tomkins – Wigan Warriors (v St Helens) 29/3/13


In front of over 23,000 people, this try proved crucial as Wigan picked up a fine 28-16 win over their arch rivals.

On 23 minutes, Blake Green and Matty Smith combined in midfield to put Jack Hughes through a hole.

The rangy back rower, who had just turned 21, set off on a searing angled run into space before showing composure beyond his years to take stand-in fullback Tommy Makinson out of the game with a decisive inside ball to the rampaging Tomkins, who finished with aplomb under the posts.


Richard Owen – Castleford Tigers (v Wakefield Wildcats) 29/3/13


Though Castleford went on to lose this Good Friday clash 37-16, Richard Owen’s second-half try proved to be a stand-out moment at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

With the hosts on the ropes, Daryl Clark kicked off the move on his side’s own 40-metre line, before Jamie Ellis and Jordan Tansey pushed Weller Hauraki into a tackle. 

But, the back rower managed a two-handed offload to Michael Shenton. The pair swiftly exchanged audacious passes before Hauraki pulled off a final no-look pass, setting Owen into space 30 metres out.

The winger then showed a turn of pace to hold off the covering defence and score out wide.


Niall Evalds – Salford Red Devils (v Wigan Warriors) 6/4/2015


In the sunshine on Easter Monday, a boisterous crowd watched on as Salford picked up a surprise 24-18 win over Wigan at the AJ Bell Stadium, with Evalds’ try proving to be a high note.

In a move straight from the training ground, Lama Tasi set up the territory, with Liam Hood shifting the ball on to Darrell Griffin. 

Griffin then turned his back on the defence, before handing the ball on to the mercurial Rangi Chase, who played a simple ball to his halfback partner, Michael Dobson, the scrum half then provided a slick delayed pass for Evalds to stroll in.

The 77th-minute try proved to be decisive, leaving the Red Devils with an unassailable ten-point advantage which Wigan were unable to close.


Josh Charnley – Wigan Warriors (v St Helens) 29/3/13


A victory for sheer speed and 'playing to the whistle' on this occasion as Charnley flew over for a stunning length-of-the-field try in another classic Good Friday clash at the DW Stadium.

Wigan held a healthy 12-0 lead with just over half an hour played but Saints were beginning to apply some pressure.

Ten metres from the Wigan line, Josh Jones launched a huge bomb which Jon Wilkin was unable to gather. 

With Saints players expecting a scrum, Charnley had other ideas as he mopped up the loose ball five metres from his own line.

The seven-cap England man still had plenty of work to do, but showed deft footwork to find space before charging downfield and a blistering turn of pace left the covering defence in his wake.