Try-time finally comes for Tom Taylor

MATT MARKHAM
Last updated 05:00 29/10/2012
Tom Taylor
MISSION COMPLETE: Canterbury fullback Tom Taylor scores a try against Auckland at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday night.

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He'd only missed seven kicks at goal all season and amassed 159 points in 10 games of NPC rugby.

But Tom Taylor was still concerned he hadn't scored a try.

All fears that the talented and versatile back wasn't going to trouble the try-scorers column this season were out the window within 10 minutes on Saturday night although when he crossed for the first of his two tries on his way to helping Canterbury claim yet another national rugby title.

"I said to some of the boys afterwards that it was about time I scored a try," Taylor said.

"And I said before the game that I had better score otherwise I might be in line for a bit of trouble from them.

"It was great to get them, but to be honest I was more stoked with the way we played as a team out there and got the job done."

Taylor ended the night with a personal tally of 23 points and at one stage looked on song to again be the only points scorer for his side in a final, after scoring all 12 points last year.

The tally was just one point short of his season best of 24 which he set in the 84-0 demolition of Southland in which he kicked all 12 conversions.

In fact watching the ball sail between the uprights from a Taylor attempt has been par for the course this season.

He's finished with a kicking percentage of just over 90 per cent, slotting 74 of his 82 attempts at goal.

"It's been something I have been really focused on in terms of my training.

"I set myself the goal of being a 90 per cent kicker and I think I would have disappointed if I hadn't achieved that.

"I expect every goal to go over, that's the way I train. I was a little worried about my ankle but just made sure I got through my normal process and it came on from there."

TOM TAYLOR 2012 NPC season

Tries: 2 Conversions: 41 Penalties: 30 Total Points: 182 Kicking percentage: 90.2 per cent

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