News: Weekly Championship awards revealed
Workington Town full-back Lewis Tierney and London Skolars half-back Danny Yates have been named Championship players of the Week.
Every week each coach in both Kingstone Press Championship competitions is contacted to help produce the awards.
Kingstone Press Championship Player of the Week – Lewis Tierney (Workington Town)
Workington Town full-back Lewis Tierney, on dual registration duty from Wigan Warriors, scored two tries and made his side’s other score as they beat Keighley Cougars 16-12 in a crucial Kingstone Press Championship match.
Tierney – the son of former Great Britain international Jason Robinson – was heavily involved throughout his side’s win.
Workington coach Phil Veivers said: “He was very good – he organised our defence well throughout the game.
“He brought the ball back on his kick returns with interest every time, and created a try for Jack Murphy through his speed and agility.
“He also scored two tries of his own, when he showed electric speed and footwork.”
Kingstone Press Championship One Player of the Week – Danny Yates (London Skolars)
Loan signing Danny Yates was the central figure in London Skolars’ 42-38 victory over Hemel Stags.
Skolars coach Joe Mbu will now speak to Halifax in an effort to keep the scrum-half until the end of the season.
Mbu said: “Danny’s done very well since he’s been with us. He gets the team around, he gives us a bit of guidance and he’s really inspirational.
“His direction, and talking to the players, makes sure everyone gets to the right part of the pitch. He’s enjoying himself and seems to like London, so hopefully he can stay with us a bit longer.”
Kingstone Press Performance of the Week – Doncaster
Doncaster coach Paul Cooke hailed his side’s belief and desire after their 24-16 victory over Kingstone Press Championship leaders Leigh Centurions.
Cooke said: “I couldn’t be more proud of the group and the way they conducted themselves all week.
“It was a real team effort: Richard Wilkinson got man of the match, but Steve Snitch and Matt Carbutt were outstanding, Ben Crooks got a couple of tries and Jacob Miller had a good knock.
“Eighty per cent of the battle is believing you can beat Leigh before you go out. We knew if we could get to 20 points or so, and defend OK, then we’d be in with a chance.
“It answers some questions on the players’ ability and what they can achieve. They showed some real belief in themselves.”
Kingstone Press Championship Try of the Week – Lewis Tierney (Workington Town)
Workington Town full-back Lewis Tierney ran more than the length of the field for his second try at Keighley Cougars on Sunday.
There looked to be nothing on when Tierney fielded a kick inside his own in-goal area just three minutes before half time.
But the Wigan dual registration player beat four Cougars defenders before accelerating around opposite number James Craven for a thrilling try.
Town coach Phil Veivers said: “That was a pretty special try.
“He caught Richie Barnett a bit flat-footed in the in-goal, and skipped past him and three others.
“He then stood the full-back up and raced around him to score.”
Kingstone Press Championship Team of the Week
1 Lewis Tierney (Workington Town)
2 Alex Brown (Batley Bulldogs)
3 Ben Crooks (Doncaster)
4 Jessie Joe Parker (Whitehaven)
5 Craig Calvert (Whitehaven)
6 Lewis Sheridan (Rochdale Hornets)
7 Richard Wilkinson (Doncaster)
8 Byron Smith (Batley Bulldogs)
9 Andy McClurg (Rochdale Hornets)
10 Luke Ambler (Halifax)
11 Shaun Pick (Featherstone Rovers)
12 Will Hope (Sheffield Eagles)
13 Sam Barlow (Leigh Centurions)
Kingstone Press Championship One Team of the Week
1 Jimmy Watson (Hunslet Hawks)
2 James Hill (Hemel Stags)
3 Danny Maun (Hunslet Hawks)
4 Brad Day (York City Knights)
5 Dale Bloomfield (Oldham)
6 Ben Reynolds (York City Knights)
7 Danny Yates (London Skolars)
8 Colton Roche (York City Knights)
9 Liam Hood (Hunslet Hawks)
10 Louis Robinson (London Skolars)
11 Anthony Cox (London Skolars)
12 Josh Crowley (Oldham)
13 Alex Thompson (Oxford)