Potts and Duffy named Kingstone Press Players of the Week
Halifax winger Gareth Potts and Hunslet Hawks winger Gavin Duffy are the Kingstone Press Players of the Week.
Potts played a key role, particularly in defence, in Halifax’s victory at North Wales Crusaders, while Duffy scored three tries before half-time as Hunslet got the better of Hemel Stags.
Every week each coach in both Kingstone Press Championship competitions is contacted to help produce the awards.
Kingstone Press Championship Player of the Week - Gareth Potts (Halifax)
Halifax winger Gareth Potts made several decisive contributions to his side’s important 20-17 win at North Wales Crusaders.
The former Batley player was prominent in both attack and defence as Halifax moved up to second in the Kingstone Press Championship table.
Coach Karl Harrison said: “Gareth had an outstanding game on the right wing.
“He saved three tries for us with his defence, including one that he had no right to, and also kept the ball in play by taking a penalty on the full.
“Then he came up with the match-winning try with just four minutes left to cap an excellent performance.”
Kingstone Press Championship One Player of the Week - Gavin Duffy (Hunslet Hawks)
Hunslet Hawks winger Gavin Duffy scored a first-half hat-trick to help his side secure a 34-16 win against Hemel Stags.
Duffy, who is on loan from Keighley Cougars, has repaid the faith shown in him by Hawks coach Barry Eaton.
Eaton said: “I know what Gavin can offer from my time at Keighley. He was just what we needed, and he's settled in very well.
“He's playing particularly well and has already scored a few tries, but against Hemel he was outstanding. A couple of his tries were brilliant finishes, and he's doing exactly what we need from him.”
Kingstone Press Performance of the Week - Whitehaven
Whitehaven coach Dave Woods believes his team can avoid relegation after their crucial 28-13 victory over Batley Bulldogs.
Whitehaven remain 10th on points difference, with only three games remaining to climb out of the drop zone.
Woods said: “We were very good in the second half against Batley. Everyone was a bit anxious and probably trying a bit too hard to start with, but we addressed a few things at half time and came good.
“If we cut out the stupid penalties and get an even amount of possession then we're always a chance.”
He added: “We think we can go to Sheffield and perform well on Sunday, and then we've got two very tough games against Swinton and Rochdale, who are both down at the bottom but still putting out big performances. But we're confident we can do a job.”
Kingstone Press Try of the Week – Liam McAvoy (Workington Town)
Workington Town’s Liam McAvoy finished a length-of-the-field move in Workington’s 36-10 defeat at Doncaster.
Town coach Phil Veivers said: “We were chasing the game and from deep inside our own half Peter Lupton took the ball to the line and put it out the back to Carl Forber, who split the defence open.
“Callum Phillips supported on his outside, and when the winger ran him down, he passed overhead to Jason Mossop.
“He skipped across a couple of defenders and found Marc Shackley who was backing up.
“He moved across field and then produced a 20-metre pass to Liam McAvoy, playing as an emergency centre at that stage, and he slid in for the try.”
Kingstone Press Championship Team of the Week
1 Karl Pryce (Dewsbury Rams)
2 Gareth Potts (Halifax)
3 Tom Armstrong (Leigh Centurions)
4 Etu Uaisele (Sheffield Eagles)
5 Misi Taulapapa (Sheffield Eagles)
6 Martyn Ridyard (Leigh Centurions)
7 Paul Handforth (Keighley Cougars)
8 Carl Forster (Whitehaven)
9 Sean Penkywicz (Leigh Centurions)
10 Matty Carbutt (Doncaster)
11 Gary Middlehurst (North Wales Crusaders)
12 Lee Mitchell (Whitehaven)
13 Steve Snitch (Doncaster)
Kingstone Press Championship One Team of the Week
1 Sean Morris (Oxford)
2 James Saltonstall (York City Knights)
3 Lee Brickwood (Hunslet Hawks)
4 Phil Cowburn (Gloucestershire All Golds)
5 Gavin Duffy (Hunslet Hawks)
6 Pat Smith (York City Knights)
7 Matt Bradley (Gloucestershire All Golds)
8 Matty Barron (Gateshead Thunder)
9 David March (Hunslet Hawks)
10 Lee Fewlass (Gateshead Thunder)
11 Chris Clarkson (Hunslet Hawks)
12 Eddie Mbaraga (Hemel Stags)
13 Jordan Rice (Oxford)