Waterman was outstanding as Doncaster produced a shock win over Sheffield Eagles while McConnell capped the final match of his career with a try inside the last two minutes as Crusaders sealed the Championship One title with victory over South Wales Scorpions.
Premier Sports Championship Player of the Week – Lee Waterman (Doncaster)
Lee Waterman answered an early call to arms to help inspire Doncaster to an outstanding 34-20 win over South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Eagles.
Waterman had been coming off the bench in recent weeks and featuring at loose forward – but an early injury to Dennis Tuffour meant a backline reshuffle for coach Tony Miller and a return to his old full-back position for the substitute.
Miller said: “Lee moved back to his old full-back position and I thought he had a top game.
“He was strong every time he carried the ball back for us.
“He also scored a 90-metre try when he out-paced Menzie Yere, so it was a big game from him.”
Crusaders coach Clive Griffiths said: “We had every emotion and every twist and turn you could imagine, but that try for Dave was like the script was already written. It was a great moment for him.”
The weekly points awarded towards the end of season Player of the Year awards will not now be publicised for the remainder of the season, with a shortlist of nominees being announced before the official awards night.