Smith and Kay named players of the week

Leigh Centurions winger Liam Kay and York City Knights stand-off Pat Smith are the Kingstone Press Players of the Week.
Kay scores four tries in Leigh’s record-breaking 54-12 win at Sheffield Eagles while Smith guided York to a 40-0 triumph over Hunslet Hawks.
Every week each coach in both Kingstone Press Championship competitions is contacted to help produce the awards.

Kingstone Press Championship Player of the Week
Liam Kay (Leigh Centurions)
Leigh Centurions winger Liam Kay earned huge praise from coach Paul Rowley after scoring four tries against Sheffield Eagles.Kay scored twice in each half as the Centurions won 54-12.
Rowley said: “Liam’s bought into the club and he’s one of those players that will do whatever he needs to do to help his team-mates get the victory.
“He’s willing to do the hard stuff just as much as he has the finesse for try-scoring at the other end, and he’s the all-round player at the moment. His will to win and desire to help his team-mates is enormous.”

Kingstone Press Championship One Player of the Week
Pat Smith (York City Knights)
Stand-off Pat Smith was excellent in York City Knights’ 40-0 victory over Kingstone Press Championship One title rivals Hunslet Hawks.
Knights coach Gary Thornton said: “We had a very dominant pack and, combined with Jack Lee’s distribution, that allowed Pat to create, keep us organised and make sure we stuck to the game-plan.
“He was very instrumental for us. He directed us well and came up with a special individual play to put Jonny Presley in for his try.
“We’ve copped a bit of flak in the past few weeks, but our players were excellent to a man against Hunslet. However, we know there’s still a long way to go and our feet are firmly on the ground.”

Kingstone Press Performance of the Week
Leigh Centurions
Leigh Centurions set a new club record of 15 successive victories with their 54-12 against Sheffield Eagles.
Centurions coach Paul Rowley said: “There was a lot of attention on the game and a big focus from Sheffield to spoil that party.
“There was a bit of pressure on but the boys responded in best possible fashion. They were outstanding from start to finish: they were tough, skillful, and then walked away humble.
“For me, every billboard in Leigh should be plastered with this occasion. It’s 110 years of history and it’s absolutely huge.”

Kingstone Press Try of the Week
Richard Wilkinson (Doncaster)
Scrum-half Richard Wilkinson finished a stunning 80-metre move to register Doncaster’s sixth try in their 40-10 victory over Rochdale Hornets.
Paul Cooke, Liam Welham and Nev Morrison were all involved in a sweeping move after Rochdale lost possession near the Doncaster line.
Doncaster player-coach Paul Cooke said: “Richard is a young boy with some real ability.
“We’ve had him in and out of the team, but he’s training hard and deserves his opportunity.
“We’ll dip his toes in the water this year and look after him, but he’s quick, smart, talks well and was good in defence against Rochdale as well.”

Kingstone Press Championship Team of the Week
1 Dave Scott (Doncaster)
2 Will Sharp (Featherstone Rovers)
3 Danny Lawton (Keighley Cougars)
4 Tom Armstrong (Leigh Centurions)
5 Liam Kay (Leigh Centurions)
6 Paul Cooke (Doncaster)
7 Anthony Thackeray (Dewsbury Rams)
8 Jamie Acton (Leigh Centurions)
9 Sean Penkywicz (Leigh Centurions)
10 Adam Gledhill (Batley Bulldogs)
11 Gary Middlehurst (North Wales Crusaders)
12 Brett Phillips (Workington Town)
13 James Lockwood (Featherstone Rovers)

Kingstone Press Championship One Team of the Week
1 Ben Reyonds (York City Knights)
2 James Saltonstall (York City Knights)
3 Sam Te’o (Gloucestershire All Golds)
4 Jon Ford (Oldham)
5 Dale Bloomfield (Oldham)
6 Pat Smith (York City Knights)
7 Tommy Connick (Oxford)
8 Brad Brennan (York City Knights)
9 Jack Lee (York City Knights)
10 James Howitt (Hemel Stags)
11 Ryan Mallinder (York City Knights)
12 Josh Crowley (Oldham)
13 Eddie Mbaraga (Hemel Stags)

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