Ratcliffe returns for Brods visit

Tom Ratcliffe scores after his charge almost the full length of the pitch, to score in the second half of the Scarborough RUFC 1st XV v Driffield, SSE Yorkshire Division One game at Silveroyd. Picture by Andrew Higgins  123558x   01/09/12
Tom Ratcliffe scores after his charge almost the full length of the pitch, to score in the second half of the Scarborough RUFC 1st XV v Driffield, SSE Yorkshire Division One game at Silveroyd. Picture by Andrew Higgins 123558x 01/09/12

Scarborough skipper Tom Ratcliffe is back in the team for his side’s home clash with Halifax-based Old Brodlieans on Saturday.

Old Brods have made a good start to the season and are apparently running in tries for fun averaging 38 points a game even although they have won three and lost two.

Samoan Manu Tusiga, who has arrived from Canada, has made a big impression since arriving in West Yorkshire and last week came off the bench to score a try in the 35-27 home defeat by Malton and Norton.

A string of injuries and the shock departure of Aussie Eamon Chapman led to Lee Douglas fielding a much re-shuffled starting line-up for last week’s 28-12 defeat of Yarnbury. And the situation worsened with a nasty knee injury sustained by Harry Domett near the end of the game.

Although Domett and Tomasz Chadwick will be missing, skipper Ratcliffe returns from injury and is named in a squad which includes Paul White and 17-year-old Toby Welsby who makes his first-team debut joining the five other under-18s in the squad.

Scarborough’s second string, the Vikings suffered their first defeat of the season last Saturday going down 37-17 at Goole but they’ll look to bounce this week when they travel to take on Beverley.

The Danesmen host Pocklington at Silver Royd. All fixtures kick off at 3pm.