Leeds Rhinos mourn try-scoring ace Drew Turnbull

Drew Turnbull.
Drew Turnbull.
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Leeds Rhinos are mourning one of the club’s greatest try scorers, Drew Turnbull, who has died aged 82 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Turnbull touched down 228 times in only 230 appearances for Leeds from 1948-1956 and is fourth on the club’s all-time list of try scorers.

Only Eric Harris, who did it three times, has bettered Turnbull’s tally of 41 tries in a league season for Leeds, set in 1954-55.

His total of 42 tries that year was achieved in only 26 appearances and at one stage he scored in 10 consecutive games, a streak which produced 19 touchdowns.

Along with Fred Webster and Harris, Turnbull was one of only three players to have scored six or more tries in a game for the club, achieving a double hat-trick against Batley on December 28, 1953.

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Turnbull joined Leeds from Scottish rugby union club Hawick as a 17-year-old almost exactly 64 years ago, on June 27, 1948.

He made his debut on August 21 the same year, against Bramley at Headingley and his final appearance was against this Sunday’s opponents Castleford at the same venue on February 18, 1956.

In between times he topped Leeds’ try scoring list for five consecutive seasons, won two Yorkshire League Championship medals and played for Great Britain against New Zealand in 1951.

After being released by Leeds he joined Halifax and made a try-scoring debut, in a win at Headingley.

A minute’s silence in Turnbull’s memory will be held before the kick-off of Sunday’s Stobart Super League clash with Castleford.