Rugby League: Mighty Martin Nears Paul's World Mark

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Rugby League: Mighty Martin Nears Paul's World Mark


Byline: DAVID BURKE

AUSSIE sharpshooter Tony Martin has his sights on Henry Paul's world record.

Golden boot Martin steps out for London Broncos in tonight's Tetley's Super League home clash against Leeds Rhinos having landed 26 successful goalkicks in a row.

His tally is only nine less than Paul's all-time best for Bradford Bulls last season before the Kiwi stand-off switched to Gloucester RU.

Martin landed seven shots out of seven in last Sunday's 42-18 romp at bottom club Salford City Reds. His last miss was failing to convert Jason Hetherington's try in the home win over Halifax Blue Sox on April 21.

Martin, 23, in his second spell with the Broncos, started his glory run by adding the extras to Richie Barnett's touchdown in the same game. He has since boasted a 100 per cent record against Warrington (6 goals), Wakefield (5), Widnes (3) and Salford.

Martin's deadly kicking has helped London win five of their last six matches to climb to a sixth place play-off spot.

Martin, whose side were thrashed 48-6 at Leeds in the opening Super League match of the season, admits: "I didn't know anything about the record and hadn't given it any thought.

"I've been practising hard and hitting the kicks sweetly. To beat Henry's record would be something very special. I just hope the boys can score plenty of tries through the middle to help me out! …

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