Rowe and Lepori named Premier Sports Players of the Week
Batley Bulldogs prop Alex Rowe and Oldham full-back Richard Lepori are the Premier Sports Players of the Week.
Rowe was outstanding as Batley ended a six-match losing streak with a 46-6 victory at Keighley Cougars, while Lepori scored three tries against London Skolars as Oldham maintained their position at the top of the Kingstone Press Championship One.
Both players record the maximum five points towards their respective competition’s Player of the Year award at the end of the season.
Every week each coach in the Championship and Championship One is contacted to help compile the Premier Sports awards.
Premier Sports Championship Player of the Week – Alex Rowe (Batley Bulldogs)
Batley Bulldogs bounced back into form after six straight defeats – with prop Alex Rowe setting the platform for an emphatic 46-6 win at Keighley Cougars.
Rowe played in three stints and caused the Keighley defence problems all afternoon.
Bulldogs coach John Kear said: “Alex played long minutes and was absolutely brutal in his carries and his defensive work.
“We’d spoken about a few things he needed to improve on and he took them all on board.
“Him and our forward pack were the basis of our halfbacks dictating the game.”
Premier Sports Championship One Player of the Week – Richard Lepori
Oldham full-back Richard Lepori claimed his second hat-trick in eight days to help Scott Naylor’s men emerge 44-24 winners at London Skolars.
Lepori scored three times for Italy against Germany last week, and backed up that effort with a treble in the capital.
Oldham coach Naylor said: “Richard’s very explosive. Once he gets on the other side of the line and he gets one on one with the opposition full-back, you get a try eight times out of 10.
“I’ve known him a long time – I worked with him when he was a kid at Salford – and he’s in a rich vein of form.
“He scored some nice tries against the Skolars. They were probably made by the work our pack put in, but they all needed finishing.”
Premier Sports Performance of the Week – Barrow Raiders
Barrow Raiders gave their hopes of surviving relegation from the Kingstone Press Championship a significant boost with a 26-12 win over high-flying Halifax.
The win came in the absence of coach Darren Holt, who publicly revealed last week that he is undergoing treatment for cancer.
Caretaker coaches Phil Atkinson and Dean Marwood took charge and oversaw a win that lifts Barrow three points above the relegation places.
On-loan full-back Ben Hellewell scored twice, and Dean McGilvary, Liam Harrison and Liam Campbell also crossed, with hooker Nathan Mossop rewarded for his performance with a place in the Premier Sports Team of the Week.
Premier Sports Try of the Week – Dave McConnell (North Wales Crusaders)
Crusaders hooker Dave McConnell scored the match-winning try six minutes from time as North Wales secured a tense 24-20 win at Gateshead Thunder.
Thunder looked set for the points when Ricky Hough’s score had put them in front going into the final stages.
But McConnell stayed alert until the death, burrowing under three defenders from acting half-back to snatch a dramatic win that keeps North Wales in the title hunt.
Crusaders coach Clive Griffiths was relieved to get the points. He said: “If we’re going to get up into the next division, these are the games you have to win.”
Premier Sports Championship Team of the Week
1 Quentin Laulu-Togagae (Sheffield Eagles)
2 Rhys Williams (Swinton Lions)
3 Stuart Littler (Leigh Centurions)
4 Jimmy Keinhorst (Hunslet Hawks)
5 Dave Scott (Doncaster)
6 Aaron Brown (Dewsbury Rams)
7 Liam Finn (Featherstone Rovers)
8 Alex Rowe (Batley Bulldogs)
9 Nathan Mossop (Barrow Raiders)
10 Eddie Battye (Sheffield Eagles)
11 Andy Thornley (Leigh Centurions)
12 James Lockwood (Featherstone Rovers)
13 Ashley Lindsay (Batley Bulldogs)
Premier Sports Championship One Team of the Week
1. Richard Lepori (Oldham)
2. Rob Massam (North Wales Crusaders)
3. Danny Davies (Rochdale Hornets)
4. Josh Crowley (Oldham)
5. Omari Caro (Gateshead Thunder)
6. Chad Sharp (Hemel Stags)
7. Danny Yates (Rochdale Hornets)
8. James Howitt (Hemel Stags)
9. Ricky Hough (Gateshead Thunder)
10. Phil Joy (Oldham)
11. Sam Wellings (London Skolars)
12. Shane Grady (Hemel Stags)
13. Jono Smith (Crusaders)
Championship Player of the Year award
Quentin Laulu-Togagae and Aaron Brown have both closed the gap on long-term leader Mitchell Stringer in the Player of the Year award.
Player of the Week Alex Rowe picks up his first points of the season, while Leigh’s Stuart Littler also climbs the table.
5 points – Alex Rowe (Batley Bulldogs)
4 points – Quentin Laulu-Togagae (Sheffield Eagles)
3 points - Aaron Brown (Dewsbury Rams)
2 points – Stuart Littler (Leigh Centurions)
1 point – Dave Scott (Doncaster)
Current Championship Player of the Year Table
1. Mitchell Stringer (15 points)
2. Quentin Laulu-Togagae (13 points)
3. Aaron Brown (12 points)
4. Scott Leatherbarrow (10 points)
Callum Phillips (10 points)
Scott Murrell (10 points)
7. Steve Crossley (9 points)
8. Liam Finn (8 points)
Paul Cooke (8 points)
Paul Handforth (8 points)
Miles Greenwood (8 points)
Jarrad Stack (8 points)
13. Peter Green (7 points)
Kyle Briggs (7 points)
Jack Lee (7 points)
Lee Waterman (7 points)
Liam Harrison (7 points)
Stuart Littler (7 points)
19. Dave Houghton (6 points)
Gregg McNally (6 points)
21. Simon Finnigan (5 points)
Luke Helliwell (5 points)
Kurt Haggerty (5 points)
Rob Parker (5 points)
Karl Olstrum (5 points)
Craig Harvey (5 points)
Scott Law (5 points)
Alex Rowe (5 points)
29. Sean Penkywicz (4 points)
Tom Hemingway (4 points)
Ian Hardman (4 points)
Bob Beswick (4 points)
Dominic Brambani (4 points)
Paul Clough (4 points)
Anthony Thackeray (4 points)
Danny Cowling (4 points)
37. Jack Bussey (3 points)
Keegan Hirst (3 points)
Cain Southernwood (3 points)
Richie Hawkyard (3 points)
Peter Lupton (3 points)
Lee Doran (3 points)
43. James Lockwood (2 points)
Danny Jones (2 points)
Wayne Reittie (2 points)
Sean Hesketh (2 points)
47. Steve Tyrer (1 point)
Ryan Fieldhouse (1 point)
Johnny Campbell (1 point)
Alex Bretherton (1 point)
Matt Nicholson (1 point)
Jessie Joe Parker (1 point)
Scott McAvoy (1 point)
Menzie Yere (1 point)
Dale Morton (1 point)
Liam Walmsley (1 point)
Vince Mellars (1 point)
Greg Worthington (1 point)
Mark Smith (1 point)
Dave Scott (1 point)
Championship One Player of the Year Award
Oldham's Richard Lepori and North Wales Crusaders forward Jono Smith are now just two points adrift of leaders Mike Bishay and Stuart Reardon in the Player of the Year rankings. Lepori collected five points for his outstanding display against London Skolars, while Smith earned three points for his part in the Crusaders’ narrow win at Gateshead.
5 points - Richard Lepori (Oldham)
4 points - Danny Yates (Rochdale Hornets)
3 points - Jono Smith (North Wales Crusaders)
2 points - Chad Sharp (Hemel Stags)
1 point - Omari Caro (Gateshead Thunder)
Championship One Player of the Year table
1. Mike Bishay (10 points)
Stuart Reardon (10 points)
3. Gary Middlehurst (9 points)
4. Mike Worrincy (8 points)
Richard Lepori (8 points)
Jono Smith (8 points)
7. Sean Morris (7 points)
Jon Ford (7 points)
9. Andy Moulsdale (6 points)
Lewis Palfrey (6 points)
Dylan Skee (6 points)
12. Rob Thomas (5 points)
Steve Roper (5 points)
Aaron Ollett (5 points)
Warren Thompson (5 points)
Rob Massam (5 points)
Jy-Mel Coleman (5 points)
Dave Hull (5 points)
James Tutuila (5 points)
Chad Sharp (5 points)
21. Valu Bentley (4 points)
Jack Murphy (4 points)
Ashley Bateman (4 points)
Adam Files (4 points)
Lucas Onyango (4 points)
Grant Gore (4 points)
James Howitt (4 points)
Sam Gee (4 points)
Tyla Hepi (4 points)
James Anthony (4 points)
Ben Hardcastle (4 points)
Danny Yates (4 points)
33. Dale Bloomfield (3 points)
Mike Ratu (3 points)
Wayne English (3 points)
Matty Hadden (3 points)
37. Jason Payne (2 points)
Craig White (2 points)
Danny Langtree (2 points)
Ryan MacDonald (2 points)
Phil Joy (2 points)
Alex Hurst (2 points)
Conner Farrer (2 points)
Pat Evans (2 points)
45. Danny Davies (1 point)
Gareth Langley (1 point)
JJ Baird (1 point)
Omari Caro (1 point)