Mo named player of the week

Date published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
SCOTT Naylor has saluted the choice of in-form Mo Agoro as Kingstone Press Championship One player of the week.
The accolade was handed to the 21-year-old Oldham right-winger on the strength of his hat-trick of tries in Sunday’s 58-2 rout of South Wales Scorpions at Whitebank.
Enthusing about Agoro’s current form, the Roughyeds boss said he was “on fire”.
He added: “He’s producing his best rugby since he came to the club for the beginning of last season.
“He’s scoring from all over the field, working hard and doing loads of carries.
“I rate him in the top three players in the Oldham team and one of the most impressive features of his game is that he’s coming up with the goods every week.
“He’s a confidence player — and at the moment he’s on fire.
“Every time he gets some space he’s scoring tries or making yards. It’s great to see.” 
Roughyeds full-back Steven Nield, skipper Lewis Palfrey and back-row forward George Tyson were also recognised alongside Agoro in the divisional team of the week.
Nield scored the first of his side’s ten tries — a long-range solo effort from inside his own half.
Palfrey landed nine conversions from ten attempts and scored a try to amass 22 points.
Tyson, one of three 20-year-olds in a young side, gave an eye-catching performance on attack and defence before going off near the end with a back complaint.
The ‘blond bomber’, on loan from Salford, has become a firm favourite of the Whitebank faithful since stepping up from the under-20s.
Team of the week:
Nield (OLDHAM); Agoro (OLDHAM), Watson (Hunslet), Solomona (London Skolars), Saltonstall (York); Smith (York), Palfrey (OLDHAM); Williams (London Skolars), March (Hunslet), Brennan (York), Tyson (OLDHAM), Oakes (Hunslet), Aldous (York).
David Cookson didn’t train last night because he was unwell, but everyone else was said to be fit apart from Adam Files (knee), who looks like being out for the rest of the season.
Selection of the side to take on resurgent Gateshead Thunder in the North-East on Sunday (3pm) will be made later in the week.
Naylor put his players through a tough, physical training session last night, throwing them up against the under-20s.
Regarding his search for another back, he said: “I’ve someone in mind, but it’s gone no further than that and it’s unlikely to just yet.”
* THE Roughyeds’ Supporters’ Association (ORSA) has paid for new polo shirts for the under-20s and bought a new portable massage couch for use by physiotherapist Lyndsey Watkins and masseuse Bethany Pankiw.
Their next event, in tandem with Higginshaw ARLFC, is a World Cup football and games night tomorrow (Thurs) from 7pm at the Higginshaw club, St Stephens Street, featuring England v Uruguay. Admission free.