Skipper Ratcliffe eyeing Shield success against Brid

SRUFC skipper Tom Ratcliffe
SRUFC skipper Tom Ratcliffe

Scarborough RUFC skipper Tom Ratcliffe believes his side can replicate the form that took them to the final of the Yorkshire Shield last season, starting with a crunch clash with Bridlington on Saturday.

Scarborough were beaten in the final of the competition last season by Ilkley, but due to the victors gaining promotion from Yorkshire One, Scarborough have qualified for the National Intermediate Cup.

Ratcliffe and his teammates are now hoping for another trip to the final, as well as keeping an eye on their chance to play at Twickenham in 2015.

The skipper said: “We have to start well, we were poor in the first half last week and made hard work of things.

“We have no doubt that Bridlington will come at us early as they always do and we will need to stand up to them.

“Although it’s a bit different for the fans and people involved with the club, the players have to treat it as we would any other game and just put in a performance good enough to get a win.”

Scarborough will be without influential Kiwi Taylor Smith, who is suspended after his sending-off for punching a Wath man in their 10-10 draw on Saturday.

Ratcliffe is backing youngster Hayden Ogilvie to come in and take his chance.

“It’s a blow because Taylor is a solid player, but having Hayden available to come into the side is great for us,” added Ratcliffe.

“Hayden is more than capable of coming in and keeping the shirt.

“We don’t have the biggest of squads at the club, but we have quality players who can come into the side.”

Ratcliffe is hoping to see a packed Silver Royd come kick-off on Saturday as his side go in search of a Yorkshire Shield win and bragging rights against their East Coast rivals.

He added: “It would be great to see a big crowd down there on Saturday.

“We usually get big crowds for the derby games and this will be special with it being a cup-tie as well.”