New­man shines as Rovers beat Leigh in Shield

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

FEATHER­STONE ROVERS 42 LEIGH CEN­TU­RI­ONS 10 CHAM­PI­ONSHIP SHIELD FI­NAL

RIS­ING star Harry New­man en­hanced his al­ready glow­ing rep­u­ta­tion with a man-ofthe-match per­for­mance as Feather­stone Rovers ended a dif­fi­cult sea­son on a high note.

The quick­sil­ver cen­tre scored two tries, set up an­other and helped Rovers de­mol­ish Leigh Cen­tu­ri­ons in the Bet­fred Cham­pi­onship Shield fi­nal.

New­man, 18, who is du­al­reg­is­tered with Feather­stone and was a Cham­pi­onship young player of the year nom­i­nee, took his tally of tries for Rovers to 18 in 13 ap­pear­ances.

He led an out­stand­ing quar­tet of Leeds Rhi­nos play­ers that in­cluded debu­tant for­wards Tyler Dupree, Muizz Mustapha and James Bar­r­a­clough, all signed on loan specif­i­cally for the fi­nal.

Leigh fielded six play­ers brought in from the acad­e­mies at Castle­ford Tigers, Wi­gan War­riors and St He­lens un­der emer­gency dis­pen­sa­tion granted by the Rugby Foot­ball League to en­sure the two in­jury-hit sides could raise a team.

Leigh started well and were only 8-6 adrift at half-time, but Rovers took con­trol in the se­cond half to main­tain their 100 per cent record since miss­ing out on a place in the Qual­i­fiers.

It was a mem­o­rable farewell for Rovers’ long-serv­ing full-back Ian Hard­man, who con­verted six of the hosts’ seven tries and added a penalty.

Keal Carlile, whose fi­nal game was ended early by in­jury, scored Feather­stone’s first-half try af­ter Matty Daw­son’s touch­down, im­proved by Jack Owens, had given Leigh an early lead.

Dupree and New­man ex­tended the avan­tage early in the se­cond half and although Owens pulled a try back, Con­nor Far­rell, Shaun Robin­son (twice) and New­man went over as Rovers dom­i­nated the fi­nal stages.

Leigh had Kevin Lar­royer and Jamie Ac­ton sin-binned in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents in the se­cond half.

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