From the Touchline with DAVE CAMPBELL – The World Cup – Hullensians – Valkryies – Isaac Faamu

23 Oct
By DAVE CAMPBELL

By DAVE CAMPBELL

JAMES LEACH IN ACTION -V- BRADFORD & BINGLEY

JAMES LEACH IN ACTION -V- BRADFORD & BINGLEY

It has to be said that last weekend was one massive disappointment for me on the rugby front as a Scarborough supporter and proud Scot. My visit to London meant that I missed my first club game of the season and had to follow the game on twitter. You can imagine my delight when we raced to a 19-0 lead in about 12 minutes at Bradford & Bingley; however that was as good as it got on Saturday with the home side staging a stirring comeback to win the game comfortably 39-22.

That reverse was followed by Wales going down 23-19 in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final with South Africa, knocked-out by a brilliant late try by Fourie du Preez. The injury-depleted Wales side left absolutely nothing on the paddock but in the end were undone by a classy blind-side try.

DISTRAUGHT SCOTS AT THE END OF THE AUSTRALIA GAME

DISTRAUGHT SCOTS AT THE END OF THE AUSTRALIA GAME

We move forward to Sunday and I’ve got to say, personally I expected Scotland to put up a brave fight but expected Australia to win on Sunday afternoon. As they say in Jock-land it was a ‘gey dreich day’ at Twickers but the atmosphere was tremendous. For me the Aussies were much the more accomplished side but Scotland hung in there and never let them get away. Many of my compatriots and I were amazed to find our side 34-32 ahead with a couple of minutes to go and when the referee awarded the Aussies a penalty we couldn’t see the offence which was on the other side of the pitch.  Bernard Foley knocked it over and the Aussies won 35-34. I was absolutely gutted and still am but being a Scarborough fan I am used to late reversals!

England supporting friends have shrugged the Scots’ defeat off and put it down to the rub of the green; however you guys due to your vast financial and playing resources EXPECT to do well in any competition and I’m behind you when you play anyone except the Jocks; but for the Scots supporter it was a bit like being told one had won the lottery then being told it was all a big mistake! Oh yes and I thought the opprobrium heaped on Mr Joubert was outrageous. That’s history, so let’s enjoy the rest of the competition which so far has been fantastic. SOUTH AFRICA play NEW ZEALAND tomorrow and on Sunday it’s AUSTRALIA-ARGENTINA.

LAST WEEK'S MAN OF THE MATCH CONTINUES IN THE CENTRE AGAINST HULLENSIANS

LAST WEEK’S MAN OF THE MATCH ANT COFFEY CONTINUES IN THE CENTRE AGAINST HULLENSIANS

For the game against Hullensians, Coach Lee Douglas names the same side as started the game at Bradford last week although he has yet to name a front-row substitute. The Humbersiders have made a good start to the season winning five and losing two; Malton at home and Bridlington away.  Last season honours were even with Hullensians winning 28-24 at their Springhead Lane HQ and losing 26-17 here at Silver Royd.  The Vikings and Norsemen are also in action tomorrow against Hullensians’ Hawks and 3rds respectively. The Vikings travel to Hull and the Danesmen are at home. All games kick off at 3pm.

VALKRYIES LINEOUT AT HARROGATE

VALKRYIES LINEOUT AT HARROGATE

On Sunday the Vakryies make their first appearance in the National Woman’s Junior Cup at Derby RFC. The Silver Royd ladies are unbeaten so far this season so confidence is high ahead of this historic fixture.

ISAAC FAAMU

ISAAC FAAMU

Recruitment officer Nick Ingham informed me earlier this week that the club’s latest overseas recruit, Kiwi Isaac Faamu arrives at Silver Royd on Monday. It has taken quite a time to sort out the big No8’s visa and I’m sure he’ll bring some welcome experience to our back row. More on Isaac next week.

Finally, with next Saturday being the Rugby World Cup final all league games are cancelled; however it should be a great day here at Silver Royd with the lead up to the match on the big screens and kick-off at 4pm. No northern hemisphere teams though!

 

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