On the back of Angus Crichton’s magnificent individual effort against the Titans on the weekend I’ve decided to go back to the record books to look at the best individual NRLCEO scores of all time.
I’ve only gone back as far as 2014 which is when we brought in Double Workhorses and Metre Eaters so it’s not an exhaustive list but it makes for some fun analysis nonetheless.
So starting from the bottom of the top scoring lists, let’s take a look at each of the 12 individual performances who have returned 20 or more NRLCEO points based on our standard scoring.
Anthony Milford – 20
versus Titans – Round 18 2014
Remember when Anthony Milford player for the Raiders? As a Raiders fan I certainly do. But home sickness is suck a wicked thing that affects many young Raiders… I remember watching him rip up the Titans scoring two tries, setting up two try assists, one line break, a 184m metre eater and five line break assists including one of the best passes I’ve ever seen. I still love you Milf.
James Roberts – 20
versus Titans – Round 7 2017
Normally players find themselves on this list if their own team racks up a massive score, but James Roberts was able to rack up 20 NRLCEO points despite the Broncos only scoring 24 themselves. He was involved in all four tries – scoring three tries himself, setting up his outside man for the other, two line breaks and a 204m double metre eater. It’s the kind of performance you expect from him when you draft him.
Robbie Farah – 20
versus Cowboys – Round 6 2014
Sometimes a player can just dominate NRLCEO without their team putting on a massive score. In this game the Tigers won a low scoring game 16-4 but Farah had his hand in everything. He scored a try and put on tries for Blake Austin and Pat Richards. He also had a line break, line break assist, 55 involvement double workhorse and a metre eater (not that we had them available on NRLCEO back then mind you).
Ryan James – 20
versus Rabbitohs – Round 13 2016
The NRLCEO double-double is a rate treat. It’s where a player scores two tries and a double workhorse in the same game. Ryan James managed the feat in Round 13 2016 when they pipped the Rabbitohs 29-28. In total he scored two tries, two line breaks, a 66 involvement double workhorse and a 186m metre eater.
Suliasi Vunivalu – 20
versus Sea Eagles – Round 24 2016
We’ve seen plenty of good wingers over the last ten years but not since Israel Folau has a winger made such an instant impact but then kept it up. The Storm have found a gem in Vunivalu and his 23 tries in 21 appearances in his debut year proved that. In Round 24 last year he took the Sea Eagles to the cleaners with four tries in the first half as well as two line breaks. He finished off with 170 running metres giving him a metre eater to cap off a great day out.
James Tedesco – 20
versus Sea Eagles – Round 2 2016
Those of you who drafted Teddy will remember how well he started the season last year and this was his best NRLCEO performance of all time. A hat-trick against the Sea Eagles as well as a try assist, three line breaks, line break assist and 170m metre eater helped him on his way to 50 NRLCEO points after just five rounds. He ended up as the fullback of the year but dropped out of the MVP race.
Cameron Munster – 21
versus Roosters – Round 14 2016
When the Storm put to the Roosters to the sword 46-0 you would normally expect the names Cronk, Slater and Smith to be the chief destroyers. On this day it was Cam Munster who did the damage. He only scored on try himself, but had three try assists, four line breaks, three line break assists and a massive 234m double metre eater!
Jordan Rapana – 21
versus Titans – Round 6 2017
Jordan Rapana may have made his debut for the Titans as a teenager, but he came back to bite them in Round 6 this year. He had spiders on him in this game scoring three tries in the first 24 minutes and almost scoring a fourth. He also had a try assist, three line breaks and 251m double metre eater. As someone who had him in my team I was crying out for more but 21 points ain’t bad!
Semi Radradra – 22
versus Dragons – Round 2 2017
There have been so many great Semi performances and this isn’t actually the one that comes to mind most, but whenever a winger scores four tries it’s pretty memorable. I just felt like he could of done more! Nevertheless four tries, four line breaks and a 159m metre eater is a great result!
Nathan Merritt (23)
versus Eels – Round 22 2011
You can see from the picture above how many tries he scored that day. In a 56-6 romp of the Eels, the Rabbitohs flyer crossed the stripe five times and managed three line breaks along the way for a scintillating 23 NRLCEO points. Unfortunately there were no metres recorded during that game to assess whether he could have added a metre eater to that tally, but it’s safe to say he was in space plenty of times that day!
Valentine Holmes – 23
versus Knights – Round 10 2016
This game was apparently so memorable that the Sharks made some specific memorabilia for it. That’s about all I can remember of this game from memory which ended up 62-0 to the Sharks. Holmes scored three of his four tries within the first 26 minutes of the game and would have had many scouring through the record books. He finished with four tries, three line breaks and a 204m double metre eater. Interestingly he only had to make three tackles that day.
Angus Crichton – 24
versus Titans – Round 15 2017
Crichton was the inspiration for this article and an inspiration for the whole season for the Rabbitohs. The former GPS rugby student has dominated with his open running this season and the Titans copped the full force of it. Three tries, four line breaks, a 42 involvement workhorse and 214m double metre eater gave him an incredible 24 NRLCEO points and the best ever performance by a forward.
Jordan Rapana – 27
versus Tigers – Round 8 2016
This is Rapana’s second entry on this list and no player has scored more points than Rapana since the start of last year. The guy is a point scoring machine. His 27 point haul came against the Tigers in a 60-6 drubbing in Canberra. He scored four tries that day, had a try assist for Joey Leilua, five line breaks and a 215m double metre eater. It’s hard to see this score ever getting beaten but I’ll never say never.
Terry Campese – 29 (49)
versus Panthers – Round 22 2008
As a Raiders fan this game was one of the weirdest of all time! We went to the stadium expecting a close game akin to the 20-16 victory over the Panthers at the start of the year. At the end of the game we were hoarse and in disbelief. The Raiders put on 74 points including the fourth highest individual point scoring haul of all time for Terry Campese (36) behind only the great Mal Meninga (38) and Dave Brown (38 and 40) back in 1935. Not only did he score four himself, but he had three try assists, three line breaks and three line break assists giving him the most ever NRLCEO points in one performance. Add to that the fact he had ten conversions as well as that gave him 49 points in just one week! It will never be broken.
Points based on: Tries (4), Workhorses (4), Double Workhorses (8), Metre Eaters (2), Double Metre Eaters (4), Try Assists (2), Line Breaks (1), Line Break Assists (1), 40/20s (1), Field Goals (1), Sin Bins (-2) and Send Offs (-4).