Jamie Rooney display pleases Whitehaven boss Don Gailer

Jamie Rooney

Whitehaven head coach Don Gailer has said Jamie Rooney won the battle of the sixes with Paul Cooke in Sunday's 25-18 win against Doncaster.

The 32-year-old former Wakefield scrum-half moved Haven around the park with the boot to guide Gailer's side to a vital win in the race for promotion.

"It was going to be a big battle between the two scrum-halves," Gailer told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"But Rooney is something else and he's really lifting in the big matches."

Rooney, a mid-season acquisition from South Wales, kicked five points for the Marras, while Carl Sice [two], Richard Varkulis and Jessie Joe Parker were on the mark with tries.

Parker, 27, was another of Gailer's signings this term and impressed in a centre role against the already promoted Dons.

"Anyone that doubted getting Jessie-Joe Parker here has to eat their words after the last two weeks," Gailer added.

"Today he was simply outstanding, with a lot of good players around him he was the player of the game, he was sensational.

"That's singling out two players out of 17, they all did a great job."

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