Silver Royd has been abuzz all day today in preparation for this evening’s Anglo-Irish Cup fixture between Yorkshire Carnegie and Rotherham Titans. Officials at the club are hoping for a big turnout and I’m sure there will be.
The Scarborough Faithful however, will I’m sure enjoy the Championship-level rugby on show but will be looking forward to tomorrow’s Yorkshire One action. Unbeaten Doncaster Phoenix arrive at Silver Royd tomorrow looking to continue the form which has taken them to the top of Yorkshire One.
The south Yorkshiremen kicked off the season with a narrow 15-11 home win over visitors Malton and Norton and have gone on to win at Middlesbrough and Old Brodleians on the road.
With the 29-13 home defeat of North Ribblesdale and last week’s home defeat of Pontefract (30-9) they have garnered four bonus points from five games; an impressive record so far.
Last week skipper Tom Racliffe’s men impressed with a 24-16 win in the local derby with Bridlington at Dukes Park.
Tom led from the front with two tries and back-rowers Eamon Chapmen and Hayden Ogilvie were outstanding; I named them men of the match in The Scarborough News.
For tomorrow’s clash the back five in the pack has been re-shuffled with Matty Else moving into the second row and Eamon Chapman moving over to No8; Matty Oxtoby plays open-side. The backs are as last week with new back row Taylor Smith joining Mikey Readman and Corey Dennis on the bench.
‘Phoenix’ were pre-season promotion favourites and they’ve lived up to expectations so far; they’ll be out to avenge the ‘double’ they conceded to Scarborough last season losing 26-23 at Silver Royd and 21-19 at home last March. However bolstered by last week’s powerful performance on the road, the Seasiders will look to end the visitors’ unbeaten record tomorrow.
Also in action tomorrow are the Vikings at home to Phoenix 2nds XV and the Danesmen who travel down the coast to Withernsea; all three games kick-off at 3pm.
And finally, congratulations to Scarborough RUFC’s ladies team the Valkyries, not only on winning their first fifteen a-side game at Darlington but winning the tournament. Well done ladies.