A NEW club and competition record is in Castleford Tigers winger Greg Eden’s sights.
Eden is closing in on the 42 tries scored by Denny Solomona last year after he touched down four times in Tigers’ 38-0 win at Leigh Centurions on Monday.
That followed three successive hat-tricks and took him to 28 tries in only 17 games since rejoining Tigers from Brisbane Broncos in the off-season.
It is believed to be the first time in the professional game a player has scored three or more tries in four straight matches – and his treble against Leigh, in just four minutes 59 seconds towards the end of the first half, is the fastest on record.
The previous best was Shaun Johnson’s in six minutes 30 seconds for New Zealand Warriors versus Canberra Raiders four years ago.
“I’m not really thinking about it but I am well on the way for it,” Eden said. “If we keep playing the way we are hopefully it [the club record] is in sight. We just have to keep winning games and see if it comes.”
Forty of Solomona’s tries last year were in Super League and that is another record Eden – whose recent run of hat-tricks included one against St Helens in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup – looks capable of overhauling.
Tigers have made a habit of scoring tries out of nothing this term and Eden, 26, added: “Sometimes it’s just the way it goes.
“We’re getting that luck at the minute and hopefully it carries on. We had a real tough first 20 minutes or so at Leigh where we were battling it out, but then we seemed to hit our straps and kicked on from there. We just struck to our plan, eventually they just cracked and we started to hit our straps after that mark.
“I don’t think there was any turning back when we got to that stage, but with two games this weekend, to perform like that in the second one, I think it’s a massive effort.”
Tigers are back in action on Sunday at home to St Helens, who did not play on Monday after their scheduled visit to Huddersfield Giants was postponed to avoid a clash with the football Championship play-off final.
Eden said: “I think we deserve a couple of days off to get rested and should go into Sunday feeling pretty confident.”