Mo,Dale set the pace

Date published: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
OLDHAM have the two top wingers in Championship One — and on numbers of tries scored that’s irrefutable.

Only Oxford’s Sean Morris, a full-back, and Gateshead’s Jason Payne, a forward, have scored more tries in the league this season than the Roughyeds’ finishers Mo Agoro and Dale Bloomfield, who are each on 12 and flying the flag for good, old fashioned threequarter play.
York winger Ben Dent is one behind them on 11, but there isn’t another club in the division with one winger on 12, let alone two.
“Both are in great form and deserve all the accolades they get, but their success is also a reflection of the style of rugby we are playing,” said club captain Lewis Palfrey.
“We are getting the ball out to the wings and they are making the most of the opportunities that go their way.
“In a friendly sort of way they are also competing with each other to see who can score the most.”
By each averaging a try per game, they have scored more in total — 24 — than the rest of the backs put together.
Agoro, on the right flank, began the season quietly, but is in stunning form now, having crossed for eight tries in Oldham’s last four games.
He has touched down at least once in his last eight appearances and the last time he failed to get his name on the scoresheet was in the 52-16 win against Gateshead Thunder at Whitebank on April 13.
Both have already passed last season’s totals when Bloomfield finished with 11 and Agoro, then in his first season of senior rugby, with nine.
Top tries: Morris (Oxford) 13, Payne (Gateshead) 13, Bloomfield (OLDHAM) 12, Agoro (OLDHAM) 12, Dent (York) 11, Lee (York) 11.
Jack Lee is the York hooker.
At club level, and taking two Challenge Cup ties into account as well, Agoro leads by one, while the top-scoring forward is Josh Crowley on eight.
Oldham leaders (all matches): Agoro 13, Bloomfield 12, Crowley 8, Ford 6, Hughes 5, Langtree 5, Nield 5, Ward 4, Cookson 3, Wood 3.
Palfrey, meanwhile, has taken a clear lead at the top of Championship One goals and points listings.
Top goals: Palfrey (OLDHAM) 40, Bradley (Gloucester) 36, Hardcastle (York) 34, Swindells (Hemel) 28, Emanuelli (South Wales) 27.
Top points: Palfrey (OLDHAM) 88, Bradley (Gloucester) 77, Hardcastle (York) 76, Swindells (Hemel) 76, Ballard (Hunslet) 68.
“I don’t score many tries (two so far), so I’ll have to rely on goals to keep myself up there in the points rankings,” said the Roughyeds captain.