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Leigh Centurions second row Simon Finnigan is the Player of the Week after scoring a hat-trick in his side’s 34-8 win over Doncaster. Finnigan is joined in the Team of the Week by fellow Centurion Stuart Littler.

Dewsbury Rams stand-off Aaron Brown made the Team of the Week for the third time in four rounds, and now leads the overall Player of the Year table.

Each week every coach in the Kingstone Press Championship - and Championship One once it begins - is consulted to help select both a Team of the Week and Player of the Week. A top five will then be formed for the individual award, with the points awarded counting towards the Championships’ Player of the Year accolade.

The weekly awards will also see a team performance and try of the round selected, while inclusion in the Team of the Week will count towards the end of season selections for the two competitions.

Player of the Week – Simon Finnigan (Leigh Centurions)

Simon Finnigan scored a hat-trick of tries in Leigh Centurions’ 34-8 victory over Doncaster, prompting Leigh coach Paul Rowley to hail ‘a new beginning’ in the second row’s career.

Rowley said: “Simon’s been doing 80 minutes every week for us, and that’s something he’s needed to do. He’s receptive to the things we tell him, he wants to learn and he wants to push himself.

“I’m pleased he’s enjoying his rugby again. He’s a modest guy and he’ll credit Martyn Ridyard for his tries, but Simon was running some great lines.

“It was a good team effort, and hopefully it’s the start of a new beginning for Simon’s career now he’s here at Leigh.”

Performance of the Week – Swinton Lions

Swinton Lions ended a difficult week following the resignation of coach Steve McCormack with their first win of the season at Keighley.

With caretaker coaches Ian Watson and Marlon Billy in charge, and with fine performances from full-back Richie Hawkyard and forwards Neil Holland and David Mills, the Lions moved out of the relegation places in the Kingstone Press Championship.

“It was a great sense of relief after what we went through last week with Steve and everything else,” said Swinton Director of Rugby Paul Kidd.

“It was a big thing for us to come out of that with a win.

“I think the confidence was always there and we were improving week by week – now we just need to build on that.”

Try of the Week – Greg Scott (Dewsbury Rams)

Greg Scott finished a superb move to claim Dewsbury’s second try in their 46-8 win against Whitehaven.

Tommy Gallagher, Ryan Hepworth, Aaron Brown and Karl Pryce were all involved in the sweeping move before Scott finished in style.

Rams coach Glenn Morrison said: “We went about 70 metres with four or five offloads, and then Pryce turned the full-back inside out and put Greg clear. It was a great try to watch.

“We’ve said we want to play expansively this year, but we haven’t held on to the ball enough in the first few weeks to give ourselves that opportunity. It was good to get some confidence this week and show the fans how we want to play.”

Team of the Week

1 Richie Hawkyard (Swinton Lions)

2 Johnny Campbell (Batley Bulldogs)

3 Stuart Littler (Leigh Centurions)

4 Jack Briscoe (York City Knights)

5 Mark Calderwood (Workington Town)

6 Aaron Brown (Dewsbury Rams)

7 Dominic Brambani (Sheffield Eagles)

8 Steve Crossley (Featherstone Rovers)

9 Paul Handforth (Halifax)

10 Mitchell Stringer (Sheffield Eagles)

11 Lucas Walshaw (Dewsbury Rams)

12 Simon Finnigan (Leigh Centurions)

13 Kyle Briggs (Featherstone Rovers)

Championship Player of the Year

Dewsbury Rams stand-off Aaron Brown has moved into pole position in the Player of the Year standings following his performance in the 46-8 defeat of Whitehaven.

Brown followed up his Player of the Week display in Week One with another involved performance, earning praise from his coach Glenn Morrison.

Simon Finnigan, Kyle Briggs, Mitchell Stringer and Paul Handforth each recorded their first points of the season.

Player of the Week points after Week Four

5 points – Simon Finnigan (Leigh Centurions)

4 points – Aaron Brown (Dewsbury Rams)

3 points - Kyle Briggs (Featherstone Rovers)

2 points – Mitchell Stringer (Sheffield Eagles)

1 point – Paul Handforth (Halifax)

Player of the Year Table

1 Aaron Brown (9 points)

2 Miles Greenwood (8 points)

3 Peter Green (7 points)

4 Dave Houghton (6 points)

5 Simon Finnigan (5 points)

6 Lee Waterman (4 points)

7 Steve Crossley (3 points)

Jack Bussey (3 points)

Liam Finn (3 points)

Kyle Briggs (3 points)

John Ledger

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