Iceman On Elite Scoring Run
Rugby league has some great stories from year-to-year, but one of our favourites is the curious case of Sydney Roosters lock forward Isaac Liu, the try-scoring machine in 2018.
In case you missed it, Isaac scored his first try of the season against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in Round 9 and hasn't stopped there, scoring a four-pointer in every game since.
This incredible try-scoring run has stretched to a current tally of four consecutive games and holds elite value for the Roosters.
Isaac is the first lock to score a try in four consecutive games since Ashley Harrison (Rooster no. 1056) for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2005 and the first Rooster since Ian Schubert in 1982.
Now an employee with the Sydney Roosters, Schubert weighed in on Isaac's run.
"It can't be too hard to do if I did it," he joked of Isaac levelling his consecutive tries run.
"It doesn't happen often, but he's a consistent performer and when you're playing at a consistently high level, good things happen for you."
When Isaac was asked about his form in 2018, and in particular over the last four games, he said that this is all a part of the process of learning to become a leader.
"I like this part of the year, it's a time when I can bring more out of myself and get better," he said.
"I've got a lot to learn still (about being a leader), I'm learning from the other senior players, taking it on with both hands and getting the most I can out of it."
Upon finding out the facts of his try-scoring run, Isaac couldn't help but let out a singular laugh and a grin from ear to ear.
"Wow, that's pretty cool," he said in between surprised laughs.
"I'm really stoked about that, lost for words to be honest."
The challenge doesn't get easier for the Roosters this weekend when they face an in-form Wests Tigers outfit and do so short on troops due to State Of Origin I at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Isaac knows that there's work cut out for the team, but spoke with enthusiasm as he looked ahead to Sunday's clash.
"We're going to have boys that can fill in there and do the job that's needed of them and it's a challenge we're definitely looking forward to."
He didn't mention the goal of stretching the scoring run to five, but we'll keep our eyes peeled on Sunday afternoon.