Northern Rail Player of the Round
Featherstone Rovers star Liam Finn has been named as the Northern Rail ‘Player of the Round’ following an outstanding performance against York City Knights on Sunday February 12.
Finn’s selection as ‘Player of the Round’ follows Josh Lewis’s selection as the standout performer from the opening weekend of competition, when the Toulouse Olympique XIII player led his side to an impressive victory over Dewsbury Rams in the opening round of the Northern Rail Cup.
Finn masterminded Featherstone’s 32-22 win over York last weekend, as the Irish international controlled the game with ease while also getting on the score sheet with 12 points.
“Liam has been an outstanding acquisition for us since we got him,” said Rovers coach Daryl Powell. “He’s a very consistent performer and he’s one of the integral parts of this club.
“He’s been put under big pressure this year by the opposition teams and to play like he did against York and pick up this kind of accolade just shows how good he really is.
“He’s won two Player of the Year awards in Championship One and the Championship, so he’s shown he can perform at different levels and he’s regarded very highly here at the club. He’s an outstanding player and he’s been one of the shining lights in our side since he arrived here.”
Lewis notched up 16 points during a thrilling 40-38 victory over the Rams, including a conversion in the dying moments to help ensure Toulouse got their first ever Northern Rail Cup campaign off to a successful start.
“It is great for Josh to get an award like this,” said Toulouse Coach Gilles Dumas. “He has only just arrived here after his transfer and to get off to a start like this is fantastic.
“Josh has come over here to play and he’s enthusiastic. He knows he can improve his game but he’s keen to show everyone what ability he has and to start with a reward like this is will be a huge confidence boost for him and the club as a whole.
“We started with a win in our first game and that was vital for us. This is our first Northern Rail competition and we needed to get off to a good start if we are to qualify and Josh was a key factor in allowing us to do that.”
Lewis will be presented with his award during Toulouse’s next Northern Rail fixture, against Keighley Cougars on Saturday February 19.
Finn will be presented with his award during Featherstone’s next home fixture against Widnes Vikings on Saturday, February 26.
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