Premier Sports Performance of the Week – Gateshead Thunder
Gateshead’s dramatic 36-34 win at Gloucestershire All Golds guarantees Thunder will avoid the wooden spoon for the first time in four years.
Thunder coach Kevin Neighbour said: “I was elated with the result and it’s another pat on the backs for the lads.
“It’s taken a long time, but there’s a belief among them now. We’ve nearly beaten North Wales and we went close against Rochdale.
“If we win our next game we’ll miss out on the play-offs by a point. We’ve really enjoyed the last few weeks.”
Premier Sports Try of the Week – Benn Hardcastle (Gateshead Thunder)
Thunder trailed 34-30 against Gloucestershire All Golds after Curtis Cunningham’s 77th-minute try, before Gateshead reclaimed possession from the restart and Benn Hardcastle struck at the death.
Gateshead coach Kevin Neighbour said: “I actually missed Benn’s try because I couldn’t watch the game any more. When the All Golds had scored I was pretty broken.
“I still had an inkling something was going to happen, and when we got the ball back from a short kick off I turned around and said to my assistant: ‘I can’t watch’.
“Having seen it now on video, Benn’s put in a massive dummy and shot straight through, with the full back following the pass that wasn’t to be. It was the same try he scored against Rochdale last week and a great way to finish.”
Premier Sports Championship Team of the Week
1 Mick Butterfield (Doncaster)
4 Ben Heaton (Halifax)
8 Tony Tonks (Halifax)
10 Mark Castle (Doncaster)
Premier Sports Championship One Team of the Week
2 Curtis Cunningham (Gloucestershire All Golds)
4 Danny Davies (Rochdale Hornets)
6 Lewis Palfrey (Oldham)
12 Danny Langtree (Oldham)