Centurions dominate weekly Championsip awards

Matt Sarsfield of Leigh Centurions
Matt Sarsfield of Leigh Centurions

MARTYN Ridyard has been named the Kingstone Press Championship Player of the Week while several of his Leigh Centurions team-mates have also been recognised in the latest Team of the Week.

Matt Sarsfield’s try against Rochdale was named the Try of the Week while Ridyard, Ryan Brierley and Sean Penkywicz were named in the Team of the Week.

Ridyard was a central figure in Leigh’s 72-22 victory over Rochdale Hornets and kicked 12 goals from as many attempts in the 72-22 win.

Leigh coach Paul Rowley said: “Both of our pivots - Martyn and Ryan (Brierley) were outstanding.

“We often hear about Ryan’s try scoring prowess, but he offers the team so much more as well and we saw that.

“But he was just about shaded by Martyn Ridyard on Sunday, who contributed every bit as much as Ryan and probably a little bit more with his faultless kicking display.

“Between the two of them they made us quite unstoppable. And when you see pivots get the Player of the Week award, it’s a signal that they’ve been well supported by the other 11 players on the field at any one time too.”

Rowley felt that Sarsfield’s first half effort in the win at Rochdale represented a perfect team try.

He said: “It was possibly the best set of six I’ve ever seen – we started the set on our try line and finished it over theirs.

“If you wanted to manufacture a perfect set of six that would have been it.

“We played with our eyes up and took every opportunity on offer, whether it was short-side or not.

“Every little bit of skill was executed to perfection, and it culminated, fittingly, with Martyn Ridyard putting Matt Sarsfield through a hole with a perfectly timed pass.”

Kingstone Press Championship Team of the Week

1 Miles Greenwood (Batley Bulldogs)

2 Rob Massam (North Wales Crusaders)

3 Ian Hardman (Featherstone Rovers)

4 James Haley (Keighley Cougars)

5 Tom Saxton (Halifax)

6 Martyn Ridyard (Leigh Centurions)

7 Ryan Brierley (Leigh Centurions)

8 Mike Morrison (Swinton Lions)

9 Sean Penkywicz (Leigh Centurions)

10 Andy Shickell (Keighley Cougars)

11 Rob Spicer (Dewsbury Rams)

12 Sam Scott (Batley Bulldogs)

13 Liam McAvoy (Workington Town)