Brown and Ellison named Championships players of the week

Swinton Lions loose-forward James Brown and Oxford prop Dave Ellison are the Kingstone Press Players of the Week.

Brown scored one try and created another as Swinton recorded a 37-31 victory over Dewsbury Rams, while Ellison produced an inspirational 60-minute spell in the front row as Oxford beat York City Knights.

Every week each coach in both Kingstone Press Championship competitions is contacted to help produce the awards.

Kingstone Press Championship Player of the Week – James Brown (Swinton Lions)

Swinton Lions loose-forward James Brown produced an all-action performance in his side’s 37-31 win over Dewsbury Rams.

The former Leeds Rhinos junior and Queens ARL player proved difficult for the Rams to handle all afternoon, alongside teammate and prop Zach Johnson.

Lions coach Ian Watson said: “James has been very hard to deal with for the last couple of teams that we’ve played.

“With ball in hand he’s been phenomenal.

“Teams are struggling to hold him because he punches holes in defence and gets his arms free for offloads.”

Kingstone Press Championship One Player of the Week – Dave Ellison (Oxford)

Interchange prop Dave Ellison was praised for his impact and leadership after producing a 60-minute spell in Oxford’s 24-16 win over York City Knights.

Oxford coach Tony Benson said: “Dave came on after 20 minutes and stayed on for the next hour. He really lifted things in a period where we’ve struggled in the past.

“It was an inspirational session from Dave; he led from the front, he was constantly poking his nose through in the collision and was talking to the team throughout.

“He’s been good for a while, but this was a particularly good display against very tough opposition.”

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