Premier Sports Performance of the Week – Swinton Lions
Swinton Lions ended a difficult week following the resignation of coach Steve McCormack with their first win of the season at Keighley.
With caretaker coaches Ian Watson and Marlon Billy in charge, and with fine performances from full-back Richie Hawkyard and forwards Neil Holland and David Mills, the Lions moved out of the relegation places in the Kingstone Press Championship.
“It was a great sense of relief after what we went through last week with Steve and everything else,” said Swinton Director of Rugby Paul Kidd.
“It was a big thing for us to come out of that with a win.
“I think the confidence was always there and we were improving week by week – now we just need to build on that.”
Greg Scott finished a superb move to claim Dewsbury’s second try in their 46-8 win against Whitehaven.
Rams coach Glenn Morrison said: “We went about 70 metres with four or five offloads, and then Pryce turned the full-back inside out and put Greg clear. It was a great try to watch.
“We’ve said we want to play expansively this year, but we haven’t held on to the ball enough in the first few weeks to give ourselves that opportunity. It was good to get some confidence this week and show the fans how we want to play.”
Premier Sports Team of the Week
1 Richie Hawkyard (Swinton Lions)
2 Johnny Campbell (Batley Bulldogs)
3 Stuart Littler (Leigh Centurions)
4 Jack Briscoe (York City Knights)
5 Mark Calderwood (Workington Town)
6 Aaron Brown (Dewsbury Rams)
7 Dominic Brambani (Sheffield Eagles)
8 Steve Crossley (Featherstone Rovers)
9 Paul Handforth (Halifax)
10 Mitchell Stringer (Sheffield Eagles)
11 Lucas Walshaw (Dewsbury Rams)
12 Simon Finnigan (Leigh Centurions)
13 Kyle Briggs (Featherstone Rovers)