Another ten rugby league records that will never be broken

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    I have found more rugby league records that have stood for years, decades and some even close to a century.

    Here are another ten records that will never be broken.

    Undefeated season: St George, 1959
    From go to whoah, the Dragons remained undefeated in 1959, as part of their 11-straight premiership victories.

    Most losses in a season: Newcastle Knights, 25, 2016 season
    From one extreme to the next, the Newcastle Knights in 2016 lost 25 games, and by season’s end looked like they could not win a rigged chook raffle. They did manage to win last weekend, breaking the streak.

    Most points conceded in season: 944, Western Suburbs, 1999 Season
    This was a shocking season for the once proud Magpies and as a result it would be their last in the NRL. Following this the team merged with the Balmain Tigers to become the Wests Tigers.

    Most points in a season by a player: Hazem El Masri, 342 in 2004
    Hazem El Masri showed what calibre of player he was by smashing his own record from the previous year by 50 points, helping the Bulldogs to win the premiership.

    Most points in a season by a team: Parramatta, 2001, 801 points
    2001 was the Eels’ best season since their glory days of the 1980s and the first time they made the grand final since 1986. Although it was not enough to take home the title, the record still stands.

    Most tries in a game: Frank Burge, 8
    Playing for Glebe in 1920, Burge went on an eight-try spree, in a record that has stood for almost a century.

    Most points in a game: Dave Brown, 45
    On May 18, 1935, Roosters player Dave Brown took control of the game and smashed out 45 points by himself, a fantastic effort.

    He also has the second-highest points in a game, 38, for a game in the same season, which leads me to my next record.

    Most tries in a season: Dave Brown, 38
    In 1935, Brown had a cracker of a year, with 38 tries in total.

    Most career tries: Ken Irvine, 212
    Irvine was a try-scoring machine for North Sydney, with 171 tries in his 176 games for the club – almost one per game.

    He then went to play for Manly in another 60 games and scored 41 more. He also scored 63 rep tries for NSW and Australia.

    The next closest to this record is Billy Slater, with 173, but with his looming retirement, I doubt he’ll get there – although I would be happy to be proven wrong.

    Most premierships won with the most clubs: Glen Lazarus
    I love this record.

    Lazarus is the most successful man to ever play rugby league, winning five premierships with three clubs – two with the Raiders (1989, ’90) two with the Broncos (1992, ’93) and finishing his career with one at the Melbourne Storm (1999).

    To top things off, he is part of three of the best grand finals of all time, ’89, ’92 and ’99.

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    • March 17th 2017 @ 6:36am
      Gurudoright said | March 17th 2017 @ 6:36am | ! Report

      Unless you are a Broncos fan, the 1992 grand final would not be in the top 20 grand finals

    • March 17th 2017 @ 7:07am
      maximillian said | March 17th 2017 @ 7:07am | ! Report

      Good stats Big J. If any of these records go I think Ken Irvines is the most at risk.

      The modern players are still at an elite level well into their 30s & the 300+ game club is expanding. If a try scoring outside back like Vunivalu/Tedesco etc can hang around long enough I wouldn’t be surprised to see that record fall.

      • March 17th 2017 @ 5:09pm
        Ray said | March 17th 2017 @ 5:09pm | ! Report

        What makes Irvine’s record all the more remarkable is that his first nine seasons were in a ten team competition.

    • March 17th 2017 @ 7:14am
      Kombi Phil said | March 17th 2017 @ 7:14am | ! Report

      In 1959 St George was undefeated – but did not win every game. They had one draw that year, against Balmain. Other clubs have also gone through the season undefeated in this fashion, including Balmain in 1915 (2 draws), North Sydney in 1921 (1 draw), and Easts in 1936 and 1937 (2 draws and 2 draws).

      However South Sydney have the unique record of not only going through the season undefeated, but also winning every match in the season. The mighty Souths achieved this in 1925. This record may be matched in future, but never beaten.

      • March 17th 2017 @ 11:41am
        tv owns league so said | March 17th 2017 @ 11:41am | ! Report

        How true and this

      • March 20th 2017 @ 3:45pm
        Lachlan Jeffery said | March 20th 2017 @ 3:45pm | ! Report

        Here’s a remarkable fact about the 1925 season: the Rabbitohs were so far in front of everyone else that the season was called off early and Souths were awarded the premiership by first past the post (as it was in those days).

    • March 17th 2017 @ 7:25am
      Kombi Phil said | March 17th 2017 @ 7:25am | ! Report

      Glen Lazarus may have the distinction of winning 5 premierships with 3 clubs – a great effort. But that doesn’t mean he is the “most successful man to ever play rugby league.”

      For that title, I would nominate Norm Provan. 30 finals appearances with St George over 15 years, including winning 10 premierships. 4 of these he was also Captain AND Coach. Impossible to imagine this record ever being equalled, let alone beaten.

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        March 17th 2017 @ 10:35am
        BigJ said | March 17th 2017 @ 10:35am | ! Report

        That is awesome for Provan, i like this. thanks mate.

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      March 17th 2017 @ 7:52am
      Con Scortis said | March 17th 2017 @ 7:52am | ! Report

      Good stuff Big J!!

      This one isn’t really a record, but since 1908 there have been 7 times that a club has finished the season with a duck egg:

      – Annandale (1918 and 1920)
      – University (1921, 1935 and 1937)
      – South Sydney (1946)
      – Eastern Suburbs (1966)

      So it’s been 50 years since a side last ended the season winless, and I can’t see this ever happening again.

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        March 17th 2017 @ 9:48am
        Epiquin said | March 17th 2017 @ 9:48am | ! Report

        Newcastle gave it a red hot go last year.

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        March 17th 2017 @ 9:21pm
        Sleiman Azizi said | March 17th 2017 @ 9:21pm | ! Report

        University, bah!

        Coming dead last more often than not, their only ever appearance in the finals series and they had to go and beat Glebe in the semi-final.

        Glebe, the great chokers.

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      March 17th 2017 @ 8:00am
      Con Scortis said | March 17th 2017 @ 8:00am | ! Report

      There is one dubious record that may be broken this year.

      You see, there are two great, historic rugby league clubs that have never won the Wooden Spoon: Glebe and Manly.

      There is a 0% chance that Glebe will earn their first Spoon (Sleiman will be happy!), but there is between a 1% and 100% chance than Manly will win their first Spoon this year (sorry EagleJack!)

      • March 17th 2017 @ 2:27pm
        KenW said | March 17th 2017 @ 2:27pm | ! Report

        Manly’s a great historic rugby league club? They’re post WW2, just new boys. The Dragons last spoon was a decade before Manly even existed!

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        March 17th 2017 @ 9:17pm
        Sleiman Azizi said | March 17th 2017 @ 9:17pm | ! Report

        Glebe are back in the Ron Massey Cup.

        They competed in their first match since 1926 as part of a joint-venture with the Concord-Burwood Wolves and lost to the Auburn Warriors..

        So it is still possible for them to get a wooden spoon.