Cumbria coach Charlton proud despite Nines final loss

Loz Hamzat
Hamzat ran in four tries to help Cumbria to the Nines final

Coach Gary Charlton has hailed the Cumbria squad for their performance in the Rugby League Nines after finishing runners-up to Warrington on Tuesdayexternal-link.

The group of Whitehaven and Workington players saw off Super League opposition in Castleford and Wakefield before slipping to an 18-10 loss in the final.

"I take my hat off to all the players, they've done Cumbria proud," Charlton told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"They went out, they played some good rugby and they should be proud."

Although team honours evaded the Cumbrians, Whitehaven winger Loz Hamzat was handed the player of the tournament prize.

The York-born three-quarter scored four tries in Cumbria's march to the final.

"I'm very proud, it's good to come to a stadium like Headingley, do the business and make us Cumbrians proud," Hamzat said.

"It's a fantastic feeling, it's good to come here as the underdog and put yourself on the map."

Meanwhile Jodie Broughton of Salford City Reds was the victor in the Fastest Man sprint challenge.

He pipped Leeds Rhinos' Ben Jones-Bishop in a photo finish with Warrington's Rhys Evans in third.