From the Touchline with Dave Campbell

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With no Yorkshire One action last weekend, Scarborough Head Coach Jason Lowde decided to ring the changes for Thursday evening’s training.

A Pilates session was planned but because of the late unavailability of the instructor, the players did gym and outdoors training work between 7 and 8pm and this was followed by a meal and talk on nutrition for rugby by Dr Rob Hazledine, who plays for the club.

Rob, who had recently attended a Rugby Nutrition course at Newcastle Falcons, delivered a very informative presentation which included the basics of nutrition and metabolism (principles of good nutrition for sport), supplements, hydration  training, pre and post-match nutrition and recovery routines among other subjects.

Each player was invited prior to the talk to write down his personal pre-match meal preference and these were discussed with the squad, who also enjoyed a healthy post training meal as part of the session.

It’s hoped that the players will take some of the sound advice offered during this session forward, although the Silver Royd club’s leading points scorer Tom Ratcliffe (128 points) was very wary of being photographed eating healthy food; he assured me that such an image would destroy his street cred.

Prop Nino Cutino took a break from the local scene this weekend and travelled to Dublin to see the Springboks in action.

Although his side won, it couldn’t have been the most exciting game of rugby he has ever seen.

Having enjoyed their break away from the rigours of league rugby, Scarborough get down to serious Yorkshire One business with the visit of Pontefract to Silver Royd on Saturday.

The Seasiders must get back to winning ways following a run of results that have seen them win only one of their last seven games.

Zbynek Schutz will miss the game as he is on international duty with the Czech Republic who travel to Dnepropetrovsk to take on the Ukraine in the Federation of European Rugby Association’s (FIRA) European cup.

Otherwise, coach Jason Lowde’s charges should be back to near full-strength with fly-half Tom Harrison recovered from a dead leg sustained a couple of weeks ago at Huddersfield and Ben Wilson having had a chance to rest his knee.

It is the intention I believe to include South African back row Sinako Dunywa in the squad following impressive outings for the Vikings against Hullionians on the November 3, and at Hullensians where they won 45-8 last Saturday.

Pontefract, like Scarborough have blown hot and cold this season winning only two of their first six games followed by a run of three wins in a row including the 32-27 defeat of high-flying Ilkley.

However they came back down to earth with a 33-29 home defeat by Old Brodleians in their last outing.

They have a poor defensive record conceding an average 28 points per game. Skipper Phil Watson and his men will know they can’t afford another reverse at Silver Royd and having returned fresh from their ‘mini-break’ I expect them to step up to the plate on Saturday.

Elsewhere on Saturday, the Vikings travel to Humberside to take on BP Chemicals, the Danesmen are also away from home on the road at Pocklington and the Norsemen entertain Withernsea at Silver Royd; all games kick off at 2.15pm.