Emphatic Stags display earns recognition

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Hemel Stags have been awarded the Performance of the Week accolade by rugby league broadcasters Premier Sports.

Hemel coach Troy Perkins hailed his side after they secured a 26-8 win at London Skolars in their first ever Championship One fixture.

Perkins said: “Every player played their part. We played with a lot of energy, our line speed was good, and I think the Skolars were a bit shell-shocked.

“We had seven players aged 20 or under, so it’s great to start so well.

“You only ever get one chance to win your first Championship One game, and it was really important in terms of setting the tone for the rest of the season.

“However, one game doesn’t make a season – we’ll be back to reality at training.”

Two Stags players, meanwhile were singled out for individual praise for their displays against the Skolars.

Mike Forgham and Aiden Pritchard were both named in the Premier Sports Championship One Team of the Week.