Fastest try

Date published: Saturday, May 15, 2010

SPEED merchant Chris Campbell was quickly out of his blocks today to scotch claims that Danny Samuels of Rochdale Hornets had scored the fastest-ever rugby league try.

Samuels scored against Swinton Lions in a Championship 1 game at Sedgley Park last Saturday in 7.9 seconds.

Hornets are waiting confirmation that the Samuels try can be submitted to the Guinness Book of Records, but the Rugby Football League have since been alerted to claims that the record belongs to former Oldham winger Campbell — and has done for the past seven years.

“I scored in seven seconds flat playing for Oldham against Doncaster at the old Belle Vue ground on May 18, 2003,” said 29-year-old Campbell, now head coach and player for Warrington Wizards in the National Conference.

“As soon as I heard Hornets were claiming the record for Danny Samuels I rang the Oldham club to look back in their records.

“I remember it as though it were yesterday. I chased Gareth Barber’s kick-off as hard as I could. My opposite winger fumbled the ball and I dived on it. Try!

“It was timed at seven seconds. It later appeared in a couple of rugby league publications but it was never submitted to the Guinness Book of Records. At the time I don’t think we made as much of it as we perhaps should have done.

“After all, it’s not just my record. It’s one for the Oldham club as well. It’s one we share surely.”

Campbell, who later went on to play for Rochdale, added: “I just want to put the record straight, that’s all.”

The Oldham Evening Chronicle reported Campbell’s seven-second stunner in a 52-24 win for Doncaster as follows:

“Oldham scored what must have been the fastest try in the history of the game in yesterday’s National League division one clash at Belle Vue, but still ended up getting a good hiding.

“Winger Chris Campbell capitalised on a mistake by his opposite number Paul Gleadhill from Gareth Barber’s deep kick-off to touch down inside seven seconds.”

A subsequent article by Gareth Walker in the trade paper League Express was headlined : ‘Campbell quick off the mark’.

Wrote Gareth: “Oldham scored what is believed to be the fastest-ever recorded try against Doncaster on Sunday in just seven seconds.

“Winger Chris Campbell scored just moments after the kick-off when Doncaster’s Paul Gleadhill fumbled the ball near his own line and the Roughyeds man pounced.

“Oldham officials asked the Doncaster video man to replay the incident at half-time and claimed seven seconds at the moment of touching down

“The fastest try on record prior to Campbell’s effort was one from Lee Jackson, playing for Hull against Sheffield in a Yorkshire Cup semi-final on October 6, 1992.

” ‘It was what you could call the perfect start,” said Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton, who was less pleased with his side’s overall display in a 52-24 defeat.

” ‘It was even more remarkable because we kicked off and didn’t have possession. Their player dropped the ball and Chris was alert enough to follow it up and touch down.’ “