Cameron Murray Equals Ron Coote Record
Last night in Melbourne, Cameron Murray scored a try in the 79th minute of the Pacific Championships test match win over the Kiwis. This was the 6th consecutive representative game in which the Rabbitohs captain has scored for the Kangaroos.
Rabbitohs legend Ron Coote scored 7 tries in 6 consecutive tests for the Kangaroos between 1968 and 1969. During that streak Coote scored a double against the Kiwis. Souths captain Cameron Murray has now scored 7 tries in 6 consecutive tests for the Kangaroos between 2022 and 2023. During his streak Murray scored a double against Lebanon. No other Kangaroos forwards have ever achieved this feat.
The Tests – Ron Coote
Australia 25 – Lions 10
The Ron Coote try scoring run began in Rugby League World Cup group stage in May 1968. The Aussies defeated the British Lion 25-10 in front of 62,256 fans at the S.C.G. Ron Coote scored and his South Sydney teammate Eric Simms kicked 8/9 goals.
Australia 31 – New Zealand 12
Try number 2 for Coote was scored in June 1968 at Lang Park in Brisbane. Australia dismantled the Kiwis 31-12 in front of 23,608 fans. Simms kicked 6/8 plus 2 field goals.
Australia 37 – France 4
Ron scored try 3 a week later in June 1968 at Lang Park. Australia hammered France 37-4 in front of 32,664 fans. South teammates Brian James played wing and Simms kicked 5/9. Future immortal Artie Beetson was sent off along with Frenchman Jean Ledru.
Australia 20 – France 2
Try number 4 was scored by Ron in a 20-2 victory over France in the Rugby League World Cup Final in June 1968 at the S.C.G with a crowd of 54,290 watching the action. Simms kicked 4/8.
Australia 20 – New Zealand 10
A year later in June 1969, a new look Aussie team defeated the Kiwis 20-10 at Carlaw Park in Auckland in front of 13,459 fans. This Kangaroo test team featured 6 Rabbitohs – Bob Honan, Dennis Pittard, Elwyn Walters, John Sattler (captain), Ron Coote and Bob McCarthy. Coote scored tries number 5 and 6.
New Zealand 18 – Australia 14
In what must have been a shock defeat, Australia were beaten a week later in June 1969 by New Zealand 18-14 at Carlaw Park in front of a crowd of 9848. Bob McCarthy and Ron Coote both scored but couldn’t get the win. This was Cootes 7th try in 6 test matches.
Ron Cootes try scoring steak ended a year later in June 1970 when the Kangaroos defeated the Lions 37-15 at Lang Park.
The Tests – Cameron Murray
Australia 66 – Italy 6
In August 2022 the Kangaroos smashed Italy 66-6 at St Helens in the UK in front of 5,586 fans in the Rugby League World Cup group stage. Souths star centre Campbell Graham scored a double and both his Rabbitohs teammates Latrell Mitchell and Cameron Murray scored tries.
Australia 48 – Lebanon 4
In November 2022 Australia pumped Lebanon 48-4 at Huddersfield in the UK before 8206 fans. ‘Trell Mit’ scored again, Josh Addo-Carr scored 5 times and Cam Murray scored twice taking his tally to 3.
Australia 16 – New Zealand 14
On the 11th of November 2022, Cam came off the bench and scored try number 4 in a closely fought World Cup Semi Final 16-14 win over the Kiwis at Elland Road in Leeds in front of 28,113 fans. Latrell Mitchell partnered Jack Wighton in the centres.
Australia 30 – Samoa 10
A week later the Kangaroos demolished Samoa 30-10 in the Rugby League World Cup Final at Old Trafford in Manchester in front of 67,502 fans. Both Souths boys were among the scorers with Trell scoring a double and Cam bursting through on the left edge for try number 5.
Australia 38 – Samoa 12
In October 2023 the Aussies first game of the Pacific Championships was a replay of the World Cup Final and Cam was at it again scoring try number 6 as the Kangaroos put the Samoans away again 38-12 in Townsville before 18,144 spectators.
Australia 36 – Kiwis 18
Last night on the 28th October, South Sydney fans had to wait until the last minute to see their star captain charge onto a Nicholas Hynes pass to run away and score. The smile on Camerons’ face was unmissable as he dived over to equal the record at AAMI Park in Melbourne. Cameron Murray scored his 7th try in his 6th conscecutive test match.
History awaits next Saturday when the Kangaroos take on the Kiwis again in the Pacific Cup Final in Hamilton, New Zealand. If Cameron Murray scores he will break Ron Cootes 54 year old record.
Cameron Murray Equals Ron Coote Record.
By Steve Mavin for Bunnies TV.