Scarborough RUFC coach Jones delighted as rugby returns to Silver Royd

Scarborough RUFC head coach Matty Jones hailed Saturday’s ‘return to rugby’ game as a huge success and is hoping for more games in the near future.

By Chris Hardy
Thursday, 29th October 2020, 10:52 am
Updated Thursday, 29th October 2020, 10:54 am
Scarborough RUFC coach Matty Jones was delighted as rugby action returned to Silver Royd. PICTURES: RICHARD PONTER
Scarborough RUFC coach Matty Jones was delighted as rugby action returned to Silver Royd. PICTURES: RICHARD PONTER

Saturday’s touch rugby game was the first at Silver Royd since the season was ended in March and Jones admitted that it was a surreal feeling.

“It was fantastic to have a competitive game up at Silver Royd again,” Jones said.

“It’s been a while since we last played a game and the lads really enjoyed the feeling of being back on a Saturday.

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“Obviously, the new game has different elements to it and it’s been great to see some of the old boys return for the sessions and make them as competitive as possible.”

With Jones taking up a refereeing role on Saturday, he could ensure that the players stuck to all the rules and regulations that were in place.

He added: “I was delighted by the way the players kept to the rules and made sure that they didn’t put each other at risk.

“In rugby it’s a difficult environment and the players stuck to it and that’s all down to how structured our training sessions have been and players become used to it.”

The head coach is hopeful that more clubs will follow in Scarborough’s footsteps and that it will lead to competitive games in the future.

“It’s going to be about trial and error at the moment and ensuring that everything is as safe as possible,” he added.

“We’ll keep with our in-house games and then maybe that will lead to a few games against other clubs, but that’s in the future.

“A lot of hard work went into making Saturday possible and we are so grateful for all supporters who came up to see some live sport.”