Brid coach Muru may miss Scarborough clash

Jamie Muru
Jamie Muru

Bridlington RUFC director of rugby Jamie Muru says his team are looking forward to Saturday’s big derby clash at Silver Royd against rivals Scarborough RUFC in Yorkshire One - but he may have to miss the game due to a new addition to his family.

Muru insists he won’t be playing at Silver Royd, in fact he may not even be able to coach from the touchline because he is set to become a father, with his wife due to give birth to their fifth son.

“I know how big a game this is,” said Muru. “The club’s biggest rivals remain Driffield but in recent years they have been in a different league so the game against Scarborough has taken on extra significance.

“They have started really well and are going to be confident, but we are looking to do our talking on the pitch.

“We know they are favourites, maybe for the first time in a few years, but we are happy with the underdogs tag and local derbies seem to have brought the best out of our lads in recent years.”

Bridlington RUFC’s first win of the season, a 25-16 success at basement club Acklam, will give their confidence levels a boost ahead of the game at Scarborough.

Muru said: “It wasn’t the prettiest of wins but it is a good feeling to get our first win on the board.

“I don’t think we played particularly well. After raising our game against York the previous week, we let our levels drop again in terms of execution and commitment.

“We scored really early on, but they were really committed in defence. We weren’t as clinical as we should have been and let them off the hook when we had them under pressure.”

Bridlington’s preparations were disrupted when two players were forced to withdraw through injury, and one of the replacements Tom Brown had to pull out when his girlfriend went into labour on Saturday morning.

That meant Muru himself pulled on his playing boots at Acklam, and he felt the long journey to the North East was a factor in his side’s sluggish display.

“It’s a long way to travel, especially when it is not on a motorway, and it took a while to get the journey out of the system.”