Wakefield Trinity Wildcats head coach John Kear is the winner of the engage Super League Coach of the Month award for the second consecutive month.
With a defeat against champions elect St Helens in Round 26 of the engage Super League, Kear and his Wakefield side knew that two wins from their last two games, and other results going their way, would see the Wildcats secure engage Super League survival. A trip to the Gratten Stadium Odsal, saw the Wildcats record an impressive 20-12 victory over the reigning engage Super League champions, and with relegation rivals Castleford losing to Salford City Reds, it meant that the relegation battle would go down to the final week of the season when the Wildcats hosted the Tigers at Belle Vue. Kear masterminded a 29-17 victory over the Tigers which saw his side stay up, and their opponents face relegation from the engage Super League.
Briers inspired the Wolves to a sixth finish at the end of the regular engage Super League season, thanks to a 26-14 victory over second placed Hull FC at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Round 27 of the engage Super League. After a narrow loss in the final round of the season against St Helens, the Wolves travelled to Headingley Carnegie to face the Leeds Rhinos in the engage Super League elimination Play Off.
Briers was to be the Wolves' hero against the Rhinos with an impressive display of open play kicking and passing. With two minutes to go and the scores tied at 17 all, Briers snatched a dramatic victory with a long-range drop goal from 45 metres and earn his side a semi-final against the Bradford Bulls.
Briers now flies out as part of the initial Great Britain squad for the 2006 Gillette Tri-Nations Tournament who will meet a Newcastle representative side in preparations for the Tri Nations tournament.