Scarborough RUFC’s returning skipper Phil Watson is hunting a rare league double over East Coast rivals Bridlington this Saturday.
It has been several years since Scarborough managed the double over their neighbours, and following their 16-3 win at Silver Royd back in September they’ll go to Dukes Park full of confidence.
Captain Phil Watson made his comeback following a broken arm in their win against Heath on Saturday, and makes his return to the starting XV at Bridlington.
Watson said: “It would be a superb feat to do the double over Bridlington.
“We beat them for the first time at Silver Royd last season and now we have the chance to do the double over them for the first time in a while.
“It shows just how far we’ve come as a side and as a club.”
Watson’s confidence was echoed by coach Lee Douglas, who is adamant his side should have too much for his former club.
He said: “It would be great if we could manage the double over them on Saturday as I believe it’s been a while since the club have done it.
“Every win against Bridlington is fantastic for us, it sends a good message through the club.
“Bridlington shouldn’t really be causing us too many problems, but they will no doubt up their game with it being a derby match.
“They’ve had a couple of positive results recently which shows that they must be improving.”
Scarborough welcome back Kiwi Harry Domett on the wing after his recent return to the country, while Nino Cutino is also back from his native South Africa to add his name to a squad that Watson believes is one of the strongest since he joined the club.
“This is definitely our strongest squad of the season, if not since I came to the club,” Watson added.
“Harry trained this week and looked very sharp.
“Tom Ratcliffe plays at fly-half and I think he will have a stormer in there.”