'World's fastest': NRL ballboy goes viral after epic sprint

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NRL ballboy Robbie Cliffe (pictured right) runs alongside Storm star Jahrome Hughes (pictured left) during his try against the Warriors.
Melbourne Storm ballboy Robbie Cliffe (pictured right) has become an internet hit after keeping up with Jahrome Hughes (pictured left) during his run away try against the Warriors in their NRL match.

An NRL ballboy has become an internet sensation after keeping up with Melbourne Storm star Jahrome Hughes during a try.

The Storm put a record-beating on the Warriors 70-10 in their ANZAC Day match, which included Ryan Papenhuyzen jumping on a loose ball to then send Hughes sprinting down the touchline for a 70m runaway try.

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However, some eagled-eyed fans noticed the ballboy keeping pace with the Storm star.

The ball boy was identified as 16-year-old Robbie Cliffe.

The high school student received a call out during Fox Sports' The Back Page after his impressive sprint.

The Roast joked that Cliff was the stand out performer of the night during the 70-10 thumping.

Melbourne Storm released a photo of Hughes smiling with the 16-year-old following the match.

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And the youngster admitted to The Sydney Morning Herald that his form has garnered plenty of attention on social media.

“All my mates have been calling me the “world’s fastest man”, and there’s been all the stuff on TikTok and Instagram. It’s a bit surreal," Cliffe told the publication.

"I let him [Hughes] catch up to me, but I got him in the end.”

While Cliffe was revelling in the attention, his father, Jason, admitted he was grounded and said the camera angles flattered his son in the run.

The Storm's thumping of the Warriors equalled Melbourne's previous biggest score - coincidentally the last time coming in 2000 when the Storm beat the Dragons 70-10 and Brown was captaining the Saints.

And their 54-point second half haul was the most by a team in the NRL era.

Jahrome Hughes (pictured left) celebrates scoring a try during the round seven NRL match against the New Zealand Warriors at AAMI Park.
Jahrome Hughes (pictured left) celebrates scoring a try during the round seven NRL match against the New Zealand Warriors at AAMI Park. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

Winger Xavier Coates scored four tries among the side's 13 but had to share star status with Papenhuyzen.

The fullback scored twice in the space of five minutes in the second half to break the back of the Warriors and put the game out of reach.

Winner of the Anzac Medal, he finished with a personal haul of 22 points from his 68 minutes before being rested.

with AAP

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