The points scoring records just keep tumbling for exciting Manly winger Reuben Garrick in season 2021.
After last week becoming the first player in rugby league to score 20 tries and 100 goals in a premiership season, Garrick last night broke Hazem El Masri’s record of 288 points in a season set in 2004 in the 46-18 win over the Nth Qld Cowboys in Townsville.
To top off a wonderful season, Garrick also became the first player to score more than 300 points in a regular season before playing a starring role in Manly's try of the year on full-time.
He now joins El Masri (342) and Brett Hodgson (308) as the only players to score 300 points in a season, including the finals.
El Masri achieved his feat in 28 games in 2004 and Hodgson in 28 games in 2005 with both winning premierships that year with the Bulldogs and Wests Tigers respectively.
The 24-year-old has finished the regular season as the NRL's leading points scorer on 304 points through 21 tries and 110 goals in 24 matches.
Garrick’s feats in the win over the Cowboys adds to the impressive list of the following achievements already achieved this season.
- Sits on top of the 'Most Points in a Season' for the Sea Eagles on 304.
- equalled the record of 30 points in a match shared by Ron Rowles (1954) and Matthew Ridge (1996) by scoring two tries and kicking 11 goals against Canterbury at Bankwest Stadium in July.
- sits equal third with Mike Eden (1982) and Matthew Ridge (1994,1996) for most goals in a match with 11.
- sits in ninth place on the list of players to have scored more than 500 points for Manly with 596 points..
- joined the list of players to have scored four tries in a match for Manly with four against the Gold Coast Titans in June.
Rugby league tries went from being worth three points a game to four points in 1983.