Chester Gladiators emerged victorious in the inaugural Manchester Summer 9s.
Although the Gladiators lost their opening pool game in the tournament at Hough End, Adam Turner’s charges won their next two games to reach the semi-finals where Chester defeated Wigan Bulldogs.
In the final the Gladiators faced hosts Mancunians and ran out 25-18 winners in a close contest to claim the trophy.
Following his team’s triumph, Chester head coach Adam Turner was full of praise for his 13-man squad following a ‘brutal’ tournament.
He said: “With 10 men left standing at the end of the final game, it was nothing short of heroic at times. I’m sure everyone was black and blue before the night was out.
“There was some great team play, brilliant offloading, a fine balance of youth and experience and the Germanic mentality of getting better each and every game. Everyone was off their feet at the final whistle but we’ll be back to training this week and focused on getting to the play-offs at the end of the season.”
This weekend sees Chester return to action in North West Men’s League Division Three with Warrington outfit Rylands Sharks visiting The Cheshire County Sports Club on Saturday (2.30pm).