Johnston and Watson named Kingstone Press player of the Week
Halifax scrum-half Ben Johnston and Hunslet Hawks centre Jimmy Watson are the Kingstone Press Players of the Week.
Johnston was the star man in Halifax’s 48-6 victory over Doncaster, while Watson produced an assured performance in the Hawks’ 60-4 triumph against London Skolars.
Every week each coach in both Kingstone Press Championship competitions is contacted to help put the awards together.
Kingstone Press Championship Player of the Week – Ben Johnston (Halifax)
Halifax half-back Ben Johnston continued his eye-catching start to the campaign with an influential display in his side’s 48-6 win over Doncaster.
Halifax coach Karl Harrison said: “Ben has had a great start to the season.
“He’s a young kid that we’ve given a chance to, and he’s grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
“He’s very similar to Rob Burrow in many ways – he runs at big guys and scares people to death because of this pace. They can’t get a shot at him.
“He’s still miles from the finished article, but his kicking game is improving and he will only get better when the fields dry up because he is extremely quick.”
Kingstone Press Championship One Player of the Week – Jimmy Watson (Hunslet Hawks)
Hunslet Hawks centre Jimmy Watson earned praise from Hawks coach Barry Eaton after making a major contribution to his side’s 60-4 win over London Skolars.
Eaton said: “Jimmy was really good against Oxford last week, and he was great again when we played London.
“His push support has been good, he’s not making any errors and he’s slotted in defensively straight away.
“He’s not normally a centre, but he’s been doing a great job over the last couple of weeks.”
Kingstone Press Try of the Week – Liam Kay (Leigh Centurions)
Leigh Centurions winger Liam Kay finished an 80-metre move after just 26 seconds of the match against Rochdale Hornets.
The Centurions emerged 34-22 winners and Kay’s finish, on only the second tackle of the game, was the highlight.
Leigh coach Paul Rowley said: “It was a great try, and the perfect way to start the game.
“Tommy Goulden started the move, passed the ball on to Tom Armstrong, and then Liam beat two players and sprinted 70 metres to the line. It was an exceptional finish.”
Kingstone Press Performance of the Week – Halifax
Halifax produced their best performance of the season in inflicting only Doncaster’s second defeat of 2014.
Coach Karl Harrison was pleased with his side’s clinical display as they moved up to third place in the Kingstone Press Championship.
Harrison said: “That performance has been coming for a while.
“We could be sat here with six wins from six – the two games we lost came at Featherstone in the last five minutes, and against Batley in the last second when maybe we lacked some composure.
“On Sunday we talked about putting on an 80 minute performance of patience and execution, and Doncaster couldn’t live with it.”
Kingstone Press Championship Team of the Week
1 Miles Greenwood (Batley Bulldogs)
2 Dale Morton (Dewsbury Rams)
3 Cameron Pitman (Leigh Centurions)
4 Greg Worthington (Featherstone Rovers)
5 Scott Turner (Sheffield Eagles)
6 John Davies (Batley Bulldogs)
7 Ben Johnston (Halifax)
8 Tom Spencer (Leigh Centurions)
9 James Newton (Whitehaven)
10 Tony Tonks (Halifax)
11 Lee Doran (Whitehaven)
12 Rob Spicer (Dewsbury Rams)
13 Will Hope (Sheffield Eagles)
Kingstone Press Championship One Team of the Week
1 Marcus Elliott (Gloucestershire All Golds)
2 James Cameron (Hemel Stags)
3 Jimmy Watson (Hunslet Hawks)
4 Phil Cowburn (Gloucestershire All Golds)
5 Jamaine Akaidere (Hunslet Hawks)
6 Danny Grimshaw (Hunslet Hawks)
7 Matty Beharrell (Gateshead Thunder)
8 James Howitt (Hemel Stags)
9 Connor Farrer (South Wales Scorpions)
10 Chris Vitalini (South Wales Scorpions)
11 Jason Payne (Gateshead Thunder)
12 Phil Carleton (South Wales Scorpions)
13 Liam Mackay (Hunslet Hawks)