RUGBY LIONS: Hinton takes Hawken’s points record

MHRA 25-02-12 Lions Feb46'Action pictures from  Webb Ellis Road,Lions v Scunthorpe .
MHRA 25-02-12 Lions Feb46'Action pictures from Webb Ellis Road,Lions v Scunthorpe .

Rugby Lions star Leigh Hinton has broken the individual club record for most points scored in a league season, writes Jon Newcombe.

The 33-year-old moved past James Hawken’s total of 266 points, set in the 2006/07 season, during Saturday’s 34-15 win over South Leicester.

The full-back/wing now has 273 points to his name from 20 appearances – at an average of 13.55 per game - and is on course to pass the triple century points milestone for the fourth time in his career.

“I’m delighted to have set a new record, especially at a club as prestigious as Rugby Lions,” Hinton said.

“I’ve kicked quite a few conversions (93) because the side has been scoring so many points and I’ve managed to be on the end of a few moves and cross for a few tries (12) as well.”

Hinton has kicked just nine penalties, mainly because of the Lions declining kicks at goal to go for tries in the one-sided games that have been prevalent this season.

He added: “The pressure hasn’t been on me as much as in previous years when I’ve been kicking at goal, but by the same token most of the playing surfaces don’t compare to those in the Premiership, which makes life a little bit more difficult. Overall, though, I’ve been pleased with my kicking this year.”

Hinton’s best return in a league season came with Bedford in 2004/05 when he scored 397 points from 30 games at an average of 13.23.

A former Premiership player, Hinton is now eyeing the 2,000 career point milestone. He currently has 1,847 points to his name from 12 seasons spread between Leeds, Newport Gwent Dragons, Bedford, Orrell, Birmingham & Solihull, Moseley and Worcester.