FROM THE TOUCHLINE by Dave Campbell Medicals Preview / The Gulls tonight / RBS Six Nations

13 Feb

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDY STANDING

CHARLIE HOGGARD SCORES AGAINST HULLENSIANS

CHARLIE HOGGARD SCORES AGAINST HULLENSIANS

Scarborough’s National Intermediate Cup campaign continues tomorrow when the men from Silver Royd travel to Newcastle to take on Durham/Northumberland One outfit Medicals RFC. The club was formed in 1898 as the Durham University College of Medicine RFC; renamed Medicals RFC, the club was then elected a senior member of the Northumberland Rugby Union in 1920 and was Northumberland Senior Cup Winner in 1922, 1923, 1952 and 1953.  Their most notable achievement was on 4 May 1996 when they won the National Junior Club Knock-out Competition, (The Pilkington Shield) beating Helston RFC (Cornwall) 16-6 at Twickenham. In the leagues they were Champions of Durham/Northumberland (D/N) Three in 2006-07 and were promoted from D/N Two to One in 2010. They still play in D/N One and following the 27-19 home defeat of struggling Ryton last week, Medicals are seventh in the league, one place below Consett who were beaten 20-6 on the road in the first group match of the competition; Scarborough crushed Consett 55-0 at Silver Royd last month.

GRAEME JEFFREY SCORES AGAINST BRIDLINGTON

GRAEME JEFFREY (SCORING) MISSES TOMORROW’S GAME

MATTY OXTOBY MISSES THE GAME

MATTY OXTOBY ALSO MISSES THE TRIP TO NEWCASTLE

Last Saturday Scarborough clinched both league points in the game with Hullensians thanks to a late Paul Taylor try. Paul is judged by many to be one of the best tight-heads in the league and has had a great season. However he is unavailable due to work commitments for the trip to Geordie-land and will be sorely missed. Coach Lee Douglas has included Jesse Macdonald and Wesley Langkilde for the game but it is uncertain which of the inexperienced Kiwis will start. Matty Oxtoby, Corey Dennis and Graeme Jeffrey will all miss the game with injuries; Matty suffered a dislocation last Saturday whilst Corey and Graeme were injured in training last night. Hayden Ogilvie and Billy Parker are drafted into the squad.  The coach for the game leaves Silver Royd at 10am for a 2pm kick-off. If you can’t travel follow the action on Tyneside on my TWITTER feed at @SN_Sport.

HAYDEN OGILVIE (RED SCRUM CAP)

HAYDEN OGILVIE (RED SCRUM CAP)

Other rugby action sees the Scarborough RUFC veteran’s team; The Gulls take on Morley RUFC veterans at Silver Royd this evening. The kick-off is at 7.30pm and NOT 8pm as stated on the Scarborough Rugby Club website. Amongst those starring for the Silver Royd ‘Golden Oldies’ are Marcus Edwards, Simon Smith, Jamie Drayton, Kev Oldroyd, Shaun Fearn, Brett Canham and Graham (Blister) Shannon. It is also a steak night in the club bar so why not pop along for some protein and a cracking game of rugby. There is once again, no rugby at Silver Royd tomorrow; however the Viking are in action on the road at Acklam leaving at 10.45am for a 1pm kick-off.

MARCUS EDWARDS PLAYS FOR THE GULLS THIS EVENING

MARCUS EDWARDS PLAYS FOR THE GULLS THIS EVENING photograph DAVE CAMPBELL

The RBS Six Nations Championship continues tomorrow with England-Italy and Ireland-France kicking-off at 2.30pm and 5pm respectively. I got it all wrong as far as the Wales-England game was concerned last weekend but my forecast of wins for Ireland and France was on the money. Tomorrow I fancy England and Ireland who are both at home and despite their disappointment at the Millennium last Friday evening, I fancy Wales unbeaten in Scotland since 2007, to bounce back and edge the fast-improving Scots at Murrayfield on Sunday.  All games will be shown on the big screens at the J.M. Guthrie clubhouse.

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