Millard and Haley named Kingstone Press Players of the Week
Rochdale Hornets scrum-half Ryan Millard and Hunslet Hawks prop Michael Haley are the Kingstone Press Players of the Week.
Millard scored one try and helped make several others as Rochdale secured a shock victory over Featherstone Rovers, while Haley was a strong presence as Hunslet overcame Gateshead Thunder.
Every week each coach in both Kingstone Press Championship competitions is contacted to help produce the awards.
Kingstone Press Championship Player of the Week – Ryan Millard (Rochdale Hornets)
Rochdale Hornets’ Fijian international scrum-half Ryan Millard played a key role in his side’s shock 38-34 win over Featherstone Rovers.
Millard scored a first-half try and had a hand in several others as Rochdale ended an eight-match losing run.
Hornets coach Ian Talbot said: “Everything Ryan tried seemed to come off.
“He scored a fantastic try when he chipped over the top, re-gathered, passed to Lewis Sheridan and took the return pass to score under the sticks.
“He was the leader that we signed and the leader who started the season for us.
“He’d been a bit off the boil individually, as we had been as a team, but he was back to his best on Sunday.”
Kingstone Press Championship One Player of the Week – Michael Haley (Hunslet Hawks)
Hunslet Hawks prop Michael Haley earned huge praise from coach Barry Eaton after helping secure a 45-6 victory over Gateshead Thunder.
Eaton said: “Michael was fantastic on Friday. Gateshead have had a strong pack recently, but Michael stood up and probably produced his best performance of the season.
“His carries were really good and he gave us a lot of impact with the ball, he had good line speed and his defence was very strong.
“He did about 50 minutes for us over two spells, and it was his most consistent game of the year.”
Kingstone Press Performance of the Week – Rochdale Hornets
Rochdale Hornets ended an eight-match losing streak with a dramatic 38-34 win over second-placed Featherstone Rovers.
Rochdale had played their previous six matches away from home while work was carried out on the pitch at Spotland Stadium.
Hornets coach Ian Talbot said: “The main thing was the way that result turned around our recent performances.
“We’d been looking forward to coming back home and playing on our own meadow, so to put such a spirited and complete performance together over 80 minutes was very pleasing.
“Even last week at Keighley we’d been good for 40 minutes and then terrible.
“To turn that around completely and perform against a really good Featherstone team was great for us.”
Kingstone Press Try of the Week – Kyle Briggs (Dewsbury Rams)
Dewsbury Rams loose forward Kyle Briggs finished an excellent team try to help his side complete a 48-6 win over Swinton Lions.
Briggs – on loan from Featherstone Rovers – capitalised on good work from scrum-half Anthony Thackeray in the closing stages of the match.
Rams coach Glenn Morrison said: “Anthony Thackeray chipped and re-gathered inside our own 40 metres before offloading.
“The ball went through four pairs of hands before it got to centre Ben Hellewell out wide.
“He produced a brilliant flick pass and that put Kyle Briggs in at the corner.”
Kingstone Press Championship Team of the Week
1 Ryan Fieldhouse (Halifax)
2 Scott Turner (Sheffield Eagles)
3 Tom Armstrong (Leigh Centurions)
4 Shane Grady (Dewsbury Rams)
5 Craig Calvert (Whitehaven)
6 Peter Lupton (Workington Town)
7 Ryan Millard (Rochdale Hornets)
8 Luke Ambler (Halifax)
9 Nathan Mossop (Barrow Raiders)
10 Warren Thompson (Rochdale Hornets)
11 Scott McAvoy (Whitehaven)
12 Jarrad Stack (Workington Town)
13 Steve Snitch (Doncaster)
Kingstone Press Championship One Team of the Week
1 James Haynes (York City Knights)
2 Jack Briggs (Oxford)
3 Brad Day (York City Knights)
4 Danny Maun (Hunslet Hawks)
5 Andy Ballard (Hunslet Hawks)
6 Pat Smith (York City Knights)
7 Jermaine Coleman (Hemel Stags)
8 James Howitt (Hemel Stags)
9 Alex Thompson (Oxford)
10 Michael Haley (Hunslet Hawks)
11 Sam Te'o (Gloucestershire All Golds)
12 Lamont Bryan (London Skolars)
13 Eddie Mbaraga (Hemel Stags)