Kingstone Press Championship awards: Round 2
Leigh Centurions half-back Ryan Brierley is the Kingstone Press Championship Player of the Week.
Brierley took his try tally for the new season to eight in just two matches, after running in five in the 52-8 win at Barrow.
Featherstone Rovers’ late rally earned them victory over Halifax and the Kingstone Press Performance of the Week, while Rochdale’s Matty Dawson’s individual effort against Dewsbury saw him handed the Try of the Week.
Every week each coach in the Kingstone Press Championship is contacted to help put the awards together.
Kingstone Press Championship Player of the Week – Ryan Brierley (Leigh Centurions)
Leigh Centurions scrum-half Ryan Brierley scored five tries against Barrow Raiders, taking his tally to eight in the first two games of the Kingstone Press Championship season.
Brierley claimed a hat-trick against Batley Bulldogs in round one, before scoring twice in the first half against Barrow and touching down three more times after the break.
Leigh coach Paul Rowley said: “Ryan was very good against Barrow. He’s still got a long way to go, but the best thing about him is that he knows that and is prepared to work hard.
“He’s very humble and has his feet on the floor. He’s a young lad learning his trade and having fun.”
Rowley added: “Ryan’s been on a journey since he joined our club and he’s really starting to show how he’s matured and developed as a player. This year we’re seeing a whole new and improved Ryan.”
Kingstone Press Performance of the Week – Featherstone Rovers
Featherstone Rovers scored three tries in the final 15 minutes to seal victory in an excellent advert for the Kingstone Press Championship against Halifax, and secure the Performance of the Week.
Will Sharp, James Cording and James Mendeika all crossed to overturn a 12-20 deficit against a Halifax side who had big performances from Ben Johnston and Andy Bracek.
Featherstone coach John Bastian said: “I thought that Halifax certainly came here and tested us – it was a close call.
“We found some momentum in the last 15 or 16 minutes of the game and scored three tries to secure a very good result.
“I was delighted with the resilience and attitude of the players in that period of the game.”
Rovers players Mendeika, Ben Hellewell and Tim Spears all make the Kingstone Press Team of the Week, while they also had significant contributions from Cording, James Lockwood and Jack Bussey.
Kingstone Press Championship Try of the Week – Matty Dawson (Rochdale Hornets)
Matty Dawson beat four men on his way to a 50-metre try for Rochdale Hornets in their 42-12 home defeat against Dewsbury Rams.
Dawson, 23, is playing for Rochdale on a dual-registration agreement with St Helens.
Rochdale coach Ian Talbot said: "Matty started slowly yesterday, but he's capable of producing moments like that of individual brilliance.
"I'm sure he's got a bright future ahead of him if he gets his head down and works hard. His pace and footwork is outstanding, and he's a big threat on the edge."
Kingstone Press Championship Team of the Week
1 James Mendeika (Featherstone Rovers)
2 Scott Turner (Sheffield Eagles)
3 Ben Hellewell (Featherstone Rovers)
4 Lee Paterson (Batley Bulldogs)
5 Stewart Sanderson (Doncaster)
6 Keiran Hyde (Dewsbury Rams)
7 Ryan Brierley (Leigh Centurions)
8 Jake Emmitt (Leigh Centurions)
9 Bob Beswick (Leigh Centurions)
10 Andrew Dawson (Barrow Raiders)
11 Tim Spears (Featherstone Rovers)
12 Mike Kelly (Doncaster)
13 Andy Bracek (Halifax)