Hull are left shell-shocked after being battered by ‘The Volcano’

What is the most enduring image of Super League’s 15 years so far?

Any one of Bradford’s James Lowes’s trademark burrows for the line or Danny McGuire’s 2004 try to help ecstatic Leeds Rhinos end their long wait for a championship title.

Perhaps distraught Terry Newton’s tears after another Wigan Grand Final loss or anything to do with the immortal Saint Keiron Cunningham?

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Or what about the sight of a rampaging Lesley ‘The Volcano’ Vainikolo charging down the touchline on the way to yet another try?

That was all the luckless Hull winger Nathan Blacklock encountered almost six years ago as he was the man who ended up on the receiving end of the formidable Tongan’s most violent eruption.

Vainikolo scored a Super League record six tries as unstoppable Bradford powered to a comprehensive victory over the shell-shocked East Yorkshire club,

His finishing prowess had never been doubted since arriving from Canberra Raiders three years earlier and he was already a living legend at Odsal.

But Vainikolo earned himself a place in Super League history with his destruction of John Kear’s side that night as Bradford confirmed third place, soon after heading to Old Trafford to become the first to win a Grand Final from outside the top two.

He had powered over twice inside the opening six minutes to leave Hull dreading what might follow, completing his hat-trick just before the break.

With his long-term centre partner and fellow Kiwi Shontayne Hape as ever producing the assists, their battered opponents had no answer.

Stuart Fielden, Hape and Joe Vagana also scored to inflict more misery as Hull – who had shocked Leeds to win the Challenge Cup final a week earlier – were out-thought and out-fought.

Gareth Raynor scored their only try but an unplayable Vainikolo retaliated with more. His fifth effort saw him reach a century of Bulls touchdowns in just 99 appearances while equalling his own shared Super League record of five set the previous year.

However, the 26-year-old completed his remarkable sextet with just seconds remaining.

Vainikolo raced 80 metres from a scrum move to become the first player to score six tries in a Super League fixture.

“I never thought I would break the record,” he said.

“It was at the back of my mind when I scored the fifth.

“There was 11 minutes to go and everyone was telling me ‘one more’ but I think a lot of the credit should go to my partner Shontayne Hape.”

Vainikolo in full flight: an amazing spectacle in any era.