Cumbria crowned 9s winners
It was an all Co-operative Championship final for the culmination of the 2012 Rugby League 9s tournament which saw Cumbria crowned winners after a 16-10 victory against Featherstone Rovers at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.
The closely fought final was decided by a last minute try from Cumbria’s captain Brett Carter to ensure he lifted the trophy in front of the 1,461 strong crowd and to see Cumbria take home the £5,000 prize money.
The winning side also produced the player of the tournament as centre Carl Sice claimed the accolade following his outstanding performance.
The Co-operative Championship teams secured their places in the final following victories against two Stobart Super League sides. Cumbria beat the host club Leeds Rhinos in a convincing 18-4 victory with loose forward Liam Campbell securing two tries in the first semi-final.
It was a Rovers affair in the second semi-final as Hull KR took on Featherstone with the Championship side coming out on top. The tightly fought match ended 8-8 after the final whistle resulting in a tense golden point decider. Following unsuccessful drop goal attempts by each side, Featherstone stand-off Tom Hemmingway secured success for his team with a try under the posts.
In the Plate final, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats hat trick hero Sam Fletcher stole the show to ensure a Wildcats win against Warrington Wolves ending 28-6.
A photo finish was needed to decide Rugby League’s fastest man as Leeds Rhinos’ Jamel Chisolm and London Broncos’ Omari Caro finished neck and neck. A video replay confirmed that Caro had claimed the title and the £1000 prize money.
Rugby League 9s favourites, Wigan Warriors, took an early exit from the competition when they were knocked out by 2011 Co-operative Championship winners Featherstone Rovers in the quarter-final. Rovers ended Wigan’s unbeaten run in the competition with a 6-4 win against the Stobart Super League side.
Hull KR defeated the 2011 Rugby League 9s title holders Warrington Wolves in the quarter-final, knocking them out of the competition by scoring 14 points in the last three minutes to finish 14-8.
The full list of results from the Rugby League 9s Finals night are as follows:
QF1 Leeds Rhinos 22, London Broncos 12
QF 2 Cumbria 10, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 0
QF 3 Hull KR 14, Warrington 8 – Hull KR
QF 4 Featherstone Rovers 6, Wigan Warriors 4
Plate SF 1 Wakefield 18, London Broncos 4
Plate SF 2 Warrington 12, Wigan 4
SF 1 Cumbria 18, Leeds Rhinos 4
SF 2 Featherstone 12, Hull KR 8 (Golden point finish)
Plate Final Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 28, Warrington Wolves 6
9s Final Cumbria 16, Featherstone Rovers 10