DELIGHTED Eorl Crabtree grabbed his first try in almost two years and declared: “I’d forgotten what a great feeling it is!”
The England prop struck in the 49th minute during the Giants’ 32-18 Super League XV victory at Harlequins.
That what was his first four-pointer since he scored a try in a 28-26 defeat at Wakefield on June 15, 2008.
Not surprisingly, the 27-year-old was unable to come up with that statistic off the top of his head.
But now he’s avoided having to do a second successive dreaded end-of-season naked run – something all players have to do if they fail to score during a campaign – he’s hoping he can start to build on his 2010 tally of one.Related content
“To be honest, I had no idea at all when I last scored, because it was such a long time ago,” he admitted.
“But I certainly remembered what a great feeling it was as soon as I’d scored. To say I was delighted would be putting it mildly.
“Yet, at the same time, I’d also say scoring a try was slightly confusing as well.
“Not having to get up and play-the-ball seemed a little bit weird, that’s almost second nature to me now.
“But I don’t feel not scoring a try has been through a lack of trying. I always try and push through to get on the end of things, but it never seems to have happened until now.
“I just hope this is the start of something new, and it’s the first try of many!”
As well as scoring the try, Crabtree was also involved in a massive clash of heads with tough Quins’ back-rower Luke Williamson.
Both men required treatment before continuing, with Crabtree expecting to nurse a major headache for the next few days for his troubles.
“It’s pretty sore, but that’s a small price to pay,” he added. “This obviously wasn’t one of our prettiest of wins, but we got the job done, and that’s far more important than a bump to the head!”