LANCE TODD Trophy winner Tom Briscoe admitted he was stunned by his five-try feat
Briscoe set a new record for the most tries by a player in a Challenge Cup final as Leeds Rhinos retained the trophy with a 50-0 whitewash of Hull KR.
“It’s incredible,” Briscoe said, after going one better than Leeds’ Leroy Rivett had managed in 1999.
“Obviously it’s a special achievement for myself.
“I wasn’t aware of it until after the game, when somebody came up and said I had broken the record, of four.
“It was a very special moment for me personally.”
Leeds boss Brian McDermott hailed Briscoe’s feat.
“What a fantastic job he has done, after being out for so long with his shoulder,” he said.
“He has been a great acquisition for us.”
Of Rhinos’ performance, McDermott said: “It was a great defensive display.
“If you were to pin me down to single out one thing, defence got us that game for sure.
“When the platform’s laid, we can score some points. Hull KR became tired and I don’t think they were 50 points [worse].
“They are a better team than that and in the first half it was a contest. We tried to score more points, but they wouldn’t let us. But I think the journey we’ve been on in recent weeks compared to the one they’ve been on in recent weeks probably showed. They’ve played some Championship teams in the Qualifiers and we’ve been involved in some very high intensity games.”
Skipper Kevin Sinfield hailed Rhinos’ performance as “very professional”.
He added: “It was mentioned at half-time about keeping them to nil, but I have to say it was a great team performance.
“Everyone did their job, we had a great plan, we knew what we needed to do and thankfully we delivered.
“To nil a team on that sort of stage is special, but I think Hull KR have had it pretty tough for the last couple of weeks, in terms of the opposition they’ve played.
“Because of how intense those two weeks have been for us, it left us in great nick. Wembley can be sapping, but I thought from one to 17, we delivered.”
Sinfield added: “I really feel for Hull KR.
“I have lost five finals and I know how tough it must be. I thought they had a real dig and I’d urge their fans to stick with them.
“I know how much hurt their players will be going through. We are happy and thankful, but to Hull KR, I’d say have faith in where they are going and what they are doing.”