Ratcliffe: We’re fresh and ready for promotion push

Tom Ratcliffe charges towards the Pocklington line during Saturday's 31-26 win at home to Pocklington. Picture: Andy Standing
Tom Ratcliffe charges towards the Pocklington line during Saturday's 31-26 win at home to Pocklington. Picture: Andy Standing

Scarborough RUFC skipper Tom Ratcliffe insists his side are fresh and ready to start their Yorkshire One promotion push with a win over Selby this weekend.

The club’s only pre-season game against Acklam was called off before Moortown pulled out of their Yorkshire Shield match on Saturday.

Skipper Ratcliffe has been impressed with new signing Ant Coffey

Skipper Ratcliffe has been impressed with new signing Ant Coffey

They instead beat Pocklington 31-26 in a hastily-arranged friendly and Ratcliffe is positive that rather than be a hindrance to his side’s preparation, the rest will benefit them in the long run.

He said: “We’re fresh and ready for the season, which might not be the case had we played the shield game and the Acklam friendly.

“We couldn’t have used the amount of numbers from the bench that we did against Pocklington and the legs may be a bit more tired.

“I’m sure it’ll benefit us as the season goes on.”

The skipper has been impressed with new Kiwi import Ant Coffey (pictured left) and he revealed the club are expecting a Canadian prop to land in the UK next week, with a number eight from New Zealand to follow when a Visa is sorted.

Ratcliffe added: “Ant has looked good since coming over. He was impressive on Saturday, he’s a very solid player which is what we needed.

“There are a couple more heading over, and we’re certainly hoping to be pushing for promotion this season.

“We have been working hard in training and we looked very sharp in the game against Pocklington, so things are looking positive.”

The skipper admits that coach Lee Douglas is promoting a team-first attitude among the squad ahead of the new campaign, something he feels can only benefit them going forward.

He added: “Lee has been hammering home the fact that we need to work for each other and for the team and show that attitude in both training and when we run out on a weekend.

“There were a few times when we let ourselves down last season and hopefully we can put that right this campaign.”