Double blow for Scarborough RUFC

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Scarborough RUFC have been handed a double blow ahead of Saturday’s National Cup trip to play Medicals.

Full-back Corey Dennis pulled up in training on Thursday night with a troublesome hamstring injury, while at the same session Graeme Jeffrey damage his foot.

The injuries have ruled both players out of the game, which takes place at Heaton in Newcastle

This has capped a frustrating period for Dennis, who has been nursing his left leg for a few weeks.

He said: “It felt a bit tight at training on Tuesday, then after 30 minutes of Thursday’s session it just went again.

“I had been trying to strengthen it in the gym, but I just felt a sharp pain in my left hamstring and that was that.

“I had a similar problem in Singapore last year, though it went more recently during our last National Cup game against Consett.

“I’ll be going to watch the game, but it will be a lot worse for me on the touchline because you just want to be involved.

“Hopefully the lads will pick up a result so I have the opportunity to play in the next round.”

Meanwhile, Paul Taylor is also unavailable due to work commitments. Taylor is judged by many to be one of the best tight-heads in the league and has had a great season.

Coach Lee Douglas has included Jesse Macdonald and Wesley Langkilde for the game, but it is uncertain which of the inexperienced Kiwis will start the game.

Elsewhere,exciting youngster Hayden Ogilvie moves up, having had a good game with the Vikings last week.

Also in a squad of 19 are Jordi Wakeham and Tomasz Chadwick.