KIEREN MOSS joked he “should have been more selfish” – and admitted his maths was questionable - after finding out he just missed out on breaking an all-time York rugby league record.

The Aussie full-back, on loan from Hull KR, scored a magnificent seven tries in York City Knights’ 144-0 world record romp against a shellshocked West Wales Raiders at Bootham Crescent on Sunday.

On an individual note, Moss broke Jonny Presley’s Knights record of six tries in a match, set in the previous club record 132-0 win against Northumbria University in the Challenge Cup in 2011, and equalled the all-time York RL record of seven set by fellow Aussie Brad Davis against Highfield in 1995.

But he would have set a new mark of eight – and indeed he thought he had! - had he not generously passed to Graeme Horne on one occasion when he could have crossed the line himself.

Asked if he was happy with his return, Moss quipped: “Well, you can’t be disappointed.

“I could swear it was eight not seven - though I suppose I may have lost count.

“You just have to take them when they come. It was one of those games – blokes will be scoring everywhere and I just had to push up in support.

“I’ve never been in a game with over 80 points before. It’s a bit weird really.”

On giving that try to Horne, who himself finished with a hat-trick, Moss added with a smile: “I guess I should have been a bit more selfish – then again I got seven so that’s selfish enough.

“Regardless of whether it was seven or eight, keeping them to nil was one of the best things. We want to pride ourselves on defence. Even if it had finished 6-0 we would be happy to keep them to nil.”

Moss - who has played all 10 games for the Knights this season, and now has 14 tries to his name - has not disguised his desire to break back into the Hull KR team as soon as possible. But in the meantime he had only high praise for the Minster city outfit.

“It’s a good club and the boys couldn’t be more welcoming. I couldn’t ask for better really. I get along with everyone really well and James Ford is an awesome coach,” he said.

“It’s a week-by-week thing at the moment and I’m ready to be called back up as and when. Obviously I want to be playing Super League – I can’t imagine anyone wouldn’t. I just want to keep playing well and hopefully it will happen sooner rather than later.

“As for York, I’m happy here. The fans are great and they get behind us really well.

“When we played at Doncaster, for example, it was awesome – we had probably more fans there at an away game than Donny had.

“You can always hear them backing you up and it’s great for the boys – we all appreciate it.”

The Knights can expect to face a far different encounter next weekend away to old arch-rivals Hunslet, but Moss believes this easy victory against a wretched West Wales side will not lull the players into a false sense of security.

“It doesn't take the boys much to be up for a big game,” said Moss, the Knights having already played out close, hard-fought matches against likely promotion rivals Bradford, Doncaster, Oldham and Keighley.

"They will be up for it. We’ll get back in training this week and tidy up a few things and we’ll be ready for it.

“James Ford will drill it into us how big a game it is. He'll stress the importance of it.

“The bigger picture is promotion. This game (against West Wales) will help with our for and against (points-difference) but we have to keep winning and keep doing what’s working.”

Head coach Ford said of Moss’s efforts on Sunday: “I’m made up for Kieren scoring seven tries. In any standard of rugby league that’s hard to do.

“He’s run a lot metres for us off the ball to put himself in great positions, but they weren’t all support tries. There were a couple where he’s come out of the back.

“We’ve asked him to work on that three-v-two part of his game and he’s improved it and he was more of a running threat. He’s made one himself out of dummy-half where he’s beaten three or four blokes in a tight space.

“He’s a great bloke and I have great fun coaching him. I like to think he’s enjoying himself and I think you can see that manifest in his performances.”