YORK City Knights Ladies just missed out on some personal awards as St Helens’ Jodie Cunningham was crowned the 2021 Betfred Women’s Super League Woman of Steel.

The Knights had two players shortlisted for the award, in Rhiannion Marshall and Sinead Peach, who made up a five-strong field of candidates.

Cunning-ham’s Saints team-mate and England captain Emily Rudge was also in the running, as was young Leeds Rhinos centre Fran Goldthorp.

Marshall and Peach joined the Knights in May from Castleford Tigers, following along with new director of rugby Lindsay Anfield.

They helped guide the side, who had previously struggled in Super League, to this year’s play-offs, which they were ultimately knocked out of at the semi-final stage by Leeds.

With the two featuring prominently, the Knights also made it to the 2021 Women’s Challenge Cup final, which they lost to Cunningham’s St Helen’s. Peach crossed for York’s only try that day.

York have praised Cunningham, who also guided Saints to the League Leaders’ Shield, tweeting: “Congratulations Jodie Cunningham, legend of the sport.”