Farrell’s delight after two-try debut

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Craig Farrell rolled back the years on Saturday by starring in Scarborough Pirates’ 30-24 victory against Leeds Akkies.

Former Hull KR, York City Knights and Batley Bulldogs man Farrell, who hasn’t played competitive rugby league for four years, scored a couple of tries and helped to run the show as the Pirates made it two wins out of two.

Farrell, who works as a teacher at Graham School, said: “I enjoyed it. It was good to play at stand-off because most of what happened went through me, I felt really involved in the game.

“It was nice to score a couple of tries as well, but I am feeling it a bit now, my back is a bit sore.

“We were the better team by far, we probably should have put 50 points on the board, but we took our foot off the gas and got involved with a few personal battles.

“This put their tails up a bit and allowed Leeds back into the game.”

Farrell, who also has a coaching role at Scarborough RUFC, added: “We do have some very good lads. If we play like we did in this game for the rest of the season then we definitely won’t be far away in August.