A RECORD breaking performance at the weekend by Group 2 rugby league’s own Usain Bolt, Nambucca Roosters centre Chris Carr, had the crowd, players, officials and even rivals watching in amazement.
‘The Ferrari’ made it look easy as he crossed the line eight times in the 75-minute game, leaving everyone speechless, and helping the Roosters to a blowout scoreline of 60-12 against Orara Valley.
Carr didn’t take long to put his mark on the game, scoring in a matter of minutes, and from there, he was unstoppable on the home side’s left edge.
Roosters president Noel Hamblion believes eight tries is a new club record, and officials are checking to confirm if this is also a Group record.
“If it’s a Group record or not, I’m proud of my performance,” Carr told the Guardian.
“I feel really good about it. I hadn’t trained or run for three weeks, so I had to push myself, and doing that ... eight tries come out of it.”
There was potential for more if the ‘mercy rule’ hadn’t been implemented and the match called off in the 75th minute.
“There’s always a possibility I could have scored more, but the extra time would have been good for fitness if nothing else,” he said.
“I lost fitness over the three weeks not training or playing, which is probably why I pushed myself, to build up that fitness again.”
Even before Saturday’s game Carr was a try-scoring machine, with his personal best being five in one game.
Coach Garren Stig said the dynamic centre is “all class”.
“There’s not much more to say about the performance,” Stig told the Guardian.
“Chris has been incredible all year and he just continues to get better and better.
“Nobody ever doubts his ability to create and score points and he showed us why on the weekend.
“Only he could have done it.”
The first grade Roosters have this week off, which Stig said will be good for the side to get in some extra training and get over injuries.
“The week off will be good, so we can go into the major semi at near-full or full strength,” he said.
“Whichever team we play, it will be a tough match, it comes down to who is best on the day.”
Other try scorers for the Roosters were Taylor Hamilton-Giggins, Jeremy Burrows, Jesse McEwen and Mitch Picker.