This weekend saw one of the longest records in the Aviva Premiership come under threat however Gloucester star Billy Twelvetrees was unable to break the record for penalty goals jointly held by former Leeds star Braam Van Straaten.
In the opening round of this season's Aviva Premiership, the England man kicked nine penalties as Gloucester defeated Newcastle at Kingsholm. Twelvetrees, who lined up at fly-half, scored 29 points in the win and broke a 16-year Gloucester record in the process.
The 26-year-old topped Simon Mannix's 28-point haul in the clash against Northampton Saints in 1999 to become the highest-ever Gloucester scorer in an Aviva Premiership Rugby match.
Twelvetrees also became one of a select few to kick nine penalties in an Aviva Premiership Rugby match, with his other two points coming via a conversion to Charlie Sharples' try.
It was the latter record that saw him tie level with Van Straaten and the nine penalties he scored against London Irish at Headingley back in 2002 in a 41-16 win for Phil Davies side.
Van Straaten could have held the record outright in that game but ended the match by kicking the last penalty into touch rather than going for goal from five metres on his own side of the halfway line.
By then he shared with Thierry Lacroix, Luke Smith, Alex King and Simon Mannix the record of nine penalty kicks in a Premiership match and, with two conversions as well, he was a single point behind the Premiership individual points record of 32 for a single game, set by the Exiles' Niall Woods in April 1998.
"I wanted to get the game over," said the Springbok. "Irish had come at us all afternoon, they kept the ball very well and were a tough side."
Among Van Straaten's 11 successful kicks at goal was one massive angled penalty from around 56 metres – his second kick of the match after 14 minutes – which he estimated was the longest kick of his career at sea level, topped only by a 59-metre effort at altitude.
"I didn't feel I was ever going to miss," he added. "Kicking is my job and I've done it all my life. This week I've been working on my angles, and I've been striking it sweetly."
NINE PENALTY GOALS IN A PREMIERSHIP MATCH
|Thierry Lacroix||Saracens v Wasps (Watford)||07/11/1999|
|Simon Mannix||Gloucester v Harlequins (Gloucester)||23/09/2000|
|Luke Smith||Saracens v Gloucester (Watford)||08/09/2001|
|Alex King||Wasps v Newcastle (Loftus Road)||11/11/2001|
|Braam van Straaten||Leeds v London Irish (Leeds)||08/09/2002|
|Gareth Steenson||Exeter v Saracens (Exeter)||29/11/2014|
|Billy Twelvetrees||Gloucester v Newcastle (Newcastle)||16/10/2015|