Centurions ace Brierley named Championship Player of the Week

Ryan Brierley of Leigh Centurions
Ryan Brierley of Leigh Centurions

Leigh Centurions half-back Ryan Brierley is the Kingstone Press Championship Player of the Week.

Brierley took his try tally for the new season to eight in just two matches, after running in five in the 52-8 win at Barrow.

Brierley claimed a hat-trick against Batley Bulldogs in round one, before scoring twice in the first half against Barrow and touching down three more times after the break.

Leigh coach Paul Rowley said: “Ryan was very good against Barrow. He’s still got a long way to go, but the best thing about him is that he knows that and is prepared to work hard.

“He’s very humble and has his feet on the floor. He’s a young lad learning his trade and having fun.”

Rowley added: “Ryan’s been on a journey since he joined our club and he’s really starting to show how he’s matured and developed as a player. This year we’re seeing a whole new and improved Ryan.”

Centurions also had three players in the Championship Team of the Week - Brierley, Bob Beswick and Jake Emmitt.

Kingstone Press Championship Team of the Week

1 James Mendeika (Featherstone Rovers), 2 Scott Turner (Sheffield Eagles), 3 Ben Hellewell (Featherstone Rovers), 4 Lee Paterson (Batley Bulldogs), 5 Stewart Sanderson (Doncaster), 6 Keiran Hyde (Dewsbury Rams), 7 Ryan Brierley (Leigh Centurions), 8 Jake Emmitt (Leigh Centurions), 9 Bob Beswick (Leigh Centurions), 10 Andrew Dawson (Barrow Raiders), 11 Tim Spears (Featherstone Rovers), 12 Mike Kelly (Doncaster), 13 Andy Bracek (Halifax)