Sharks' record breaking season
A first half try and four conversions in the 36-12 win over the Cowboys last Saturday night confirmed Sharks NYC half back Kyle Flanagan as the highest single-season point-scorer in the history of the Holden Cup competition.
Flanagan went into the game having scored 314 points, eight short of the previous best, with his 12-point haul seeing him smash the record and become the competitions all-time leader.
Jake Mullaney, playing for the Wests Tigers in 2009, scored 320 points to hold the previous record.
Now with 18 tries and 127 goals for a points total of 326, still with two games then finals matches to be played, Flanagan is on target to set a lofty mark for the under 20’s competition.
The Sharks half has enjoyed a stand out season in a Sharks team that has now won 15 matches in a row and 19 of 22 during the 2017 season.
With their last loss coming in round four, the Sharks winning run began in round eight after a victory over the Titans, that result coming after a draw with the Penrith Panthers in round seven.
Throughout the 2017 season Flanagan’s support play and direction in the halves has been first class, while his goal kicking percentage is better than 80 per cent on the year.
However while his personal stats have been extremely impressive, Flanagan has had plenty of help during the year, with a number of teammates also sitting on top of the various statistical categories.
Winger Sione Katoa is the competitions leading try scorer with 23, Billy Magoulais tops the off-loads list with 58 and Blake Brailey leads try assists.
Below is the list of the leading Holden Cup single-season point scorers, a list which contains a number of players who have gone on to become household names in the NRL, amongst those Sharks premiership winning fullback Ben Barba, English international Gareth Widdop and Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds.
Player Club Year Games Tries Goals F goals Total
Kyle Flanagan Cronulla 2017 22 18 127 0 326
Jake Mullaney Wests Tigers 2009 27 29 102 0 320
Dylan Collier Warriors 2011 25 19 118 0 312
Patrick Templeman Canterbury 2013 25 17 118 3 307
Gareth Widdop Melbourne 2009 25 17 111 0 290
Aidan Sezer Canterbury 2010 27 12 120 1 289
Kyle Feldt Cowboys 2011 25 16 104 0 272
Adam Reynolds South Sydney 2010 27 13 108 0 268
Chris Medcalf Canberra 2010 26 11 107 0 258
Ben Barba Canterbury 2008 20 28 70 2 254