In-form James wants Ilkley win

Scarborough RUFC v Knottingley, at Silveroyd. Rob James breaks away to score Scarborough's first try.'Picture by Andrew Higgins  121088b  10/03/12
Scarborough RUFC v Knottingley, at Silveroyd. Rob James breaks away to score Scarborough's first try.'Picture by Andrew Higgins 121088b 10/03/12

IN-FORM Australian Rob James is hoping to continue his dazzling run of performances against Ilkley at Silver Royd on Saturday.

James, who has been deputising for the injured Tom Harrison at fly-half, has been handed the man of the match award after Scarborough’s last three outings, and he wants to extend his top form until the end of the season.

The Aussie said: “I’m really pleased with my form recently.

“I’ve had to step up with Tom getting injured and move to 10, but I’ve played there before on many occasions, and I enjoy playing there too.

“You get more freedom to choose where you want to go with the ball at 10 and I like that.”

James will have to do without the influence of Craig Farrell at centre, due to his two-game club ban after his sending-off last week against Keighley.

Farrell is replaced by fans’ favourite Marcus Edwards for Saturday’s clash, and James is anticipating a good partnership with the Kiwi.

James added: “To lose Craig for the game is disappointing, but having someone like Marcus who can just slot straight in there is a massive boost.”

Ilkley beat the Silver Royd men 24-0 on their own patch earlier this season, but they have lost their last five away outings and may also have one eye on their National Intermediate Cup semi-final clash against Stoke RUFC next weekend.

James isn’t taking the visitors lightly. He added: “We know they’ll come at us hard, we just have to do what we’ve been doing recently.”