Swinton Lions 30-24 Whitehaven RLFC
Briers inspires Swinton
Warrington's former Welsh international captain Lee Briers scored a 60-metre interception try to help relegation-threatened Swinton Lions to a precious 30-24 win over Whitehaven in the Kingstone Press Championship.
Briers, who was playing for the Wolves' partner club in order to gain match fitness after a three-month injury lay-off, was overshadowed by a polished performance from Whitehaven's former Wakefield stand-off Jamie Rooney but he supplied some touches of sublime skill that made all the difference.
Briers was involved in three of the Lions' five tries and picked off a floating pass by Whitehaven's Neil Thorman four minutes into the second half to score the crucial try that put the Lions two scores in front for the first time.
Inspired by Rooney, Whitehaven powered into a 24-20 lead courtesy of two tries from Papua New Guinea centre Jessie-Joe Parker but Swinton clinched victory with late scores from centre Ryan Shaw and man of the match Ritchie Hawkyard, who finished the match with a broken hand.