MICHAEL LAWRENCE would love his wonder score against St Helens to be the official ‘Engage Super League Try of the Month’ for May.
But he fears teammate Danny Brough could steal his moment of glory.
The in-form Giants centre was on hand to finish off a length-of-the-field move in which Lee Gilmour released Leroy Cudjoe to race 50m and then send out a world-class pass out of the back door for the supporting Lawrence to collect and finish off smartly.
Lawrence was rewarded for coming inside at the perfect moment for Cudjoe to provide him with the ball.
But while the man himself acknowledges it was an extra-special play, the former Newsome Panthers junior knows he faces stiff competition for the May try award from his scrum-half, who grabbed another magical long-range solo score.
“It’s always good to score tries, and it would be fantastic if the one against Saints was chosen as the try of the month,” said Lawrence.
“It obviously wouldn’t be the end of the world if I didn’t, particularly if it went to Broughy instead. That was a brilliant piece of individual skill.
“I suppose the deciding factor will be what the judges look for when they’re deciding. Are they most impressed by individual brilliance or a fantastic team try, which I was lucky to be on the end of?
“Even though I scored it, I do know what a top effort it was.
“Lee Gilmour did well to get on the outside of his man and then feed Leroy to break away.
“Because he was heading straight down the wing, I knew I needed to cut inside him. When I managed to do that and get in the right position, I started calling for the ball.
“To be honest, I wasn’t thinking at the time how Leroy might get the ball to me, but when it did it was probably through one of the best pieces of skill I’ve ever seen.
“If I do pick up the award I know Leroy deserves a great deal of the credit, because the pass he gave me was just so incredible.
“And I think that’s why I got such an adrenaline rush when I put the ball down. I usually get one anyway – scoring a try is a fantastic feeling – but when it’s come on the back of something as special as this it gives you even more of a buzz.”
Lawrence also accepts the try came at an important stage of the game, helping the Giants open up a matchwinning lead against the Saints.
“St Helens started the second half strongly and quickly cut our lead to 12-6, but Kev (Brown) then scored to restore our 12-point lead before I grabbed my try,” he added.
“That really seemed to help us step up another gear and we scored two more quick tries after that to finish them off and secure another great win.
“It was just what we needed after such a disappointing month, and we’re now all hoping we can build on this and get even stronger as the season progresses.”