Scarboro’ look for home comforts

The Scarborough Vikings line up
The Scarborough Vikings line up
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With only one win from four games on the road Scarborough will look maintain their home form when Old Brodleians visit Silver Royd on Saturday.

Winning four out of their five games on home soil, the Seasiders have been prolific in the try-scoring department running in 25 including 12 against Heath and eight in their last home outing against Knottingley.

Unfortunately they have been less prolific away from home scoring nine and conceding 13 tries on their travels.

Old ‘Brods’ who hail from Hipperholme just east of Halifax opened their season with a 27-19 win at Dinnington but had to wait until last week for their second success of this campaign when they had too much for bottom club Knottingley, running in four converted tries without reply for a 28-0 victory.

Relegated from North One East at the end of last season, ‘Brods’ have struggled somewhat in Yorkshire One and if skipper Phil Watson’s men play with the dynamism they showed in their early games, the west Yorkshiremen’s day at the seaside should prove unfruitful.

Deadlines dictate that I can’t bring you team selection but details can be found on our web and iPad service and at www.campbellrugby.com and www.scarboroughrugby.co.uk Also in action on Saturday are the Vikings and Danesmen who are at Hull University.

This weekend sees the Breakaway Travel Junior Rugby Festival at Silver Royd and the game between Scarborough and Nottingham Paviours under-16 teams will be played as a curtain-raiser on the main pitch at 12.15pm prior to the Scarborough-Old Brods game.

Alex Sharp has been appointed captain of Scarborough’s Vikings XV. Last year’s skipper Rob Hazledine is still recovering from a long-term injury and Sharp a married 34-year-old father of two boys (five and seven years old) has taken up the reins.

Scarborough born, Alex played some rugby at school but only seriously got involved when he attended Manchester Met University between 1998 and 2001 playing for the university and Manchester RFC 2nds/3rds.

After graduation Alex stayed in the Manchester area and played some rugby at Didsbury and Astley rugby clubs before work commitments saw him stop playing in 2002.

He returned to Scarborough in 2010 to work at Scarborough Hospital and took his eldest son along to Silver Royd for mini-rugby.

Alex was very impressed by the setup and things progressed quickly; he started training and playing with the Danesmen and this season has moved up to the Vikings.

Both sons now play mini-rugby and he coaches the under-eights team.

He told me, “I love playing again and am very proud to have been asked to captain the Vikings this season; the team spirit, cohesion and most importantly continuity has been great with the senior teams training together and the credit has to go to Jason Lowde for that.”

I have a feeling with Alex at the helm, the Vikings and consequently the club will continue to prosper this season.

Last weekend’s second round of pool fixtures in the Heineken European Cup produced a feast of exciting rugby for the sport’s aficionados; with Northampton going down 21-16 to Castres and Ulster beating Glasgow 19-8 on Friday evening, the highlights of Saturday’s action was Italian club Treviso’s battling performance before going down 21-33 to the mighty Toulouse and Saracens 30-12 defeat of Racing Metro in their ‘home’ game at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.

As I forecast last week the match-of-the-day was at Leicester where Toby Flood produced a master-class to revive the home side’s challenge with a maximum points 39-22 victory and leave the Ospreys still searching for their first Welford Road success.

The big fly-half scored 24 of his side’s points including a thrilling interception try to add to a couple of touchdowns from Manu Tuilagi and a try from scrum-half Ben Youngs.