All eyes fixed on Twickenham as Scarboro’ go into last eight

Scarborough are just two wins away from walking out at Twickenham after they beat Medicals 34-24 (pictured below) to move into the quarter-finals
Scarborough are just two wins away from walking out at Twickenham after they beat Medicals 34-24 (pictured below) to move into the quarter-finals

Scarborough RUFC eyes are firmly fixed on a dream date at Twickenham after they beat Medicals and edged into the last eight of the National Cup.

The Silver Royd side will almost cetainly tackle Blackburn at Silver Royd in the quarter-finals on Saturday March 14 in a bid to make the last four and move just 80 minutes away from the Twickenham final.

Two tries apiece from Harry Domett and Wesley Langkilde and one from skipper Tom Ratcliffe set Lee Douglas’ men on their way in Newcastle.

Skipper Tom Ratcliffe said: “It would be a massive honour to lead the boys out at Twickenham, but we can’t think about that yet.

“We need to make sure we beat Blackburn, and we don’t really know much about them other than that they’re towards the top of their league.
“So they will come here full of confidence and we will need to be at our best.”

Ratcliffe admits he was worried when Medicals hit back from a 24-3 deficit to draw level, but praised the spirit of his teammates after they fought back to seal the 34-24 win in the last 10 minutes.

The skipper added: “We were a bit relieved get the win in the end.

“After being 24-3 up we should have put the game to bed, but credit to Medicals as they fought their way back into the game.”

Chief executive Graeme Young, who played in the semi-finals of the Tetley’s Vase back in 1999, said: “It’s brilliant.

“From a playing perspective, I’ll know how much it will mean to the guys and the thought of playing at Twickenham is fantastic.

“Since we’ve moved to Silver Royd we’ve hosted some big games for other clubs like Yorkshire Carnegie, but this will be our first chance to host a huge game for ourselves.

“There’s no reason the lads shouldn’t do well either.

“We are almost certain to be playing Blackburn in the quarter-finals and hopefully the town will come out in force to show their support for us come March 14, home advantage could be massive.”