Jason Lowde’s column: Lancaster an inspiration

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Saturday is a big day for both Scarborough RUFC and England - we both have big games coming up and will both be going all out for the win.

Stuart Lancaster’s England tackle Wales at tea-time, but there is the small matter of our re-arranged game at home to Huddersfield YMCA at Silver Royd to take care of first.

Lancaster is a bit of an inspiration to coaches up and down the country really. He comes back to his local club, West Park Leeds, and coaches their under-12s every Sunday, which is great.

I believe he played for Scotland B, but he wasn’t exactly a celebrated player or a household name.

So for him to come from humble beginnings in the game to taking the England job is something special and gives us all hope.

I’m going to be bullish and predict England to beat Wales by seven points and take the Grand Slam.

Coming back to Scarborough, I was very disappointed that our game was called off last Saturday, but there was standing water on the pitch and the rain never looked like relenting.

But we have to focus on this coming Saturday now.

A lot has been said about how good a side Huddersfield are, but as a coach I don’t agree with focussing on opposition players.

If I start telling my players to ‘watch out for their number 13’ for example, that element of doubt starts to creep into your players mindset.

Instead we need to adjust our tactics and focus on what we’re going to do to hurt them. It’ll be tough, but it’s a game we can win.