24th March 2020, 10:49 | 125

#RFL125 Greatest Try Contender | Rob Burrow

A magical effort at Old Trafford

The latest #RFL125 poll is now live and voting is open for the Greatest Try! 

There are five classic tries up for selection and next on the list is Rob Burrows stunning solo effort at Old Trafford.

The Game

Rob Burrow’s weaving effort came in the 2011 Super League Grand Final between Leeds Rhinos and St Helens. 

Leeds were making their return to Old Trafford for a fourth appearance in five seasons, having won the Super League title on three consecutive occasions between 2007 and 2009 with every Grand Final victory coming against St Helens.

St Helens were aiming to earn their first Grand Final crown since their 2006 victory over Hull FC but did head into the game on the back of four consecutive losses at Old Trafford.

Royce Simmons’ Saints had beaten Wigan 26-18 on two separate occasions in the play-offs to ensure their place at Old Trafford.

As for Leeds – led by Brian McDermott – they had hammered Hull FC before edging out Huddersfield Giants and Warrington Wolves to book their Grand Final berth. 

The Try

St Helens and Leeds had played out an extremely tight opening 32 minutes at the Theatre of Dreams with both sides kicking a penalty goal to see the scores level at 2-2 heading towards the interval. 

On the 3rd tackle, with very little on, Rob Burrow received the ball on the halfway line and cut seemingly back towards the St Helens defensive traffic. 

However, the agile half managed to duck under the oncoming Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Tony Puletua to find himself with open space to run into. 

Only Paul Wellens stood between Burrow and the try-line and the mercurial half-back managed to sidestep the St Helens stalwart before racing the final 30 metres despite the efforts of the Saints defenders.

This effort opened the try-scoring for the game and saw Leeds go on to earn fifth Super League title with a 32-16 win

The Commentary 

“Oh, he’s ducked under – Rob Burrow! He’s outstripped Wellens, it’s a brilliant Burrow try. A fantastic Rob Burrow try!” 


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