TOKYO – England winger Jonny May is willing to have zero in the tries column next to his name if it gets his team closer to a second World Cup triumph in Japan.
May has scored 24 tries in 47 tests, including six in seven games this year to emerge as a contender to lead the scoring charts but the 29-year-old said it would be perilous to focus only on five-pointers.
“For a winger a try is the cherry on top of the cake. I couldn't care less if I don't score a try in the tournament ... we just need to win every game,” May told British media in Japan.
“It's a terrible trap to fall into, going into a game wanting to score a try ... I go into a game focusing on my defence, my kick-chase, my high ball.
“Those are the things I'm guaranteed to get in a game. If the opportunity comes to score a try, that's my role in that moment... but to go into games thinking about wanting to do that? That is not how test match rugby works.”