Morgan Smithies 'breaks Super League record' during Wigan Warriors' play-offs win against Salford

Morgan Smithies appears to have played himself into the record books with his staggering defensive stint last night.

Saturday, 21st September 2019, 8:27 am
Updated Saturday, 21st September 2019, 9:27 am
Morgan Smithies

The teenage forward is credited with making 72 tackles against Salford, according to official statistics on the Super League website.

It is thought the previous record for tackles made in a Super League game was 66, set by the fabulously-named Steele Retchless for London in 1998 - two years before Smithies was born!

His haul was nearly double the total made by the Warrior with the second-highest number of tackles - Sean O'Loughlin with 38 - in the 18-12 victory.

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The academy-graduate broke into the first-team this season and is on the shortlist for the Super League Young Player of the Year award.

Smithies, who was eligible to play for the Under-19s in their curtain-raiser, signed a four-year deal with Wigan earlier this season.