From the touchline with DAVE CAMPBELL – Scarborough’S Brat Pack – RWC FINAL – Valkryes – RL England-New Zealand

30 Oct
 DAVE CAMPBELL

DAVE CAMPBELL

With no rugby at Scarborough Rugby Club on Saturday due to the final of the Rugby World Cup I thought I’d take a look at Scarborough’s season so far and a look back at the Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2015 leading up to the final between the All Blacks and Australia.

HARRY DOMETT OFFLOADS TO TOM HARRISN FOR HIS TRY Photograph ANDY STANDING

HARRY DOMETT OFFLOADS TO TOM HARRISON by ANDY STANDING

On the home front it has been a struggle with injuries at Silver Royd with Tomasz Chadwick having only a matter of minute’s rugby this season. The club’s YDO suffered a serious knee injury at Middlesbrough last season and has been plagued by hamstring trouble this campaign. Harry Domett has been in the wars again and suffered a patella displacement a couple of weeks ago and will be out for an extended period whilst Paul Taylor has been a rare sight in a Scarborough Jersey lately. Last Saturday Kiwi Ant Coffey injured his ribs after only ten minutes of the Hullensians game and could be sidelined for a bit. Allied to the loss of Corey Dennis, Joe Marshall and Eamon Chapman things have not been easy for Coach Lee Douglas.

JAMES LEACH(with ball) IN ACTION

JAMES LEACH(with ball) IN ACTION

Although they have yet to win on the road against top two clubs Bradford and Bingley and Bridlington, the Seasiders are unbeaten at home with four wins and a draw thanks in no little part to the efforts of the Scarborough ‘Brat Pack’ of Hayden Ogilvie, Drew Govier, Ben Martin, James Leach, Jordan Wakeham and lately Toby Welsby. Their performances have brightened up the early autumn days at Silver Royd and they will be joined next week by Kiwi Isaac Faamau who will play at No8 and hopefully bring his experience to proceedings. The next league outing will be at Clifton Park York next Saturday.

ISSAC FAAMU WITH TOM RATCLIFFE

ISSAC FAAMU WITH TOM RATCLIFFE

With only the bronze medal, third placed match between South Africa and Argentina and the final between The All Blacks and Australia tomorrow to be played, Rugby World Cup 2015 has been a runaway success. It has broken all records financially, in attendances, and in media coverage all over the world. I wrote a couple of weeks ago that I thought that England’s early exit was a disaster but once-again I have been proven wrong; great rugby, fascinatingly tight-games, controversy and involvement have been our staple diet and it has been great fun.

Being a Scot I had my big disappointment in Scotland’s quarter-final with the Aussies. I expected Scotland to put up a brave fight but expected Australia to win on that 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 the more accomplished side but the Scots 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!

My England supporting friends have shrugged the Scots’ defeat off and put it down to the rub of the green; however England due to their vast financial and playing resources EXPECT to do well in any competition and I’m behind them when they 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.

THE ALL BLACKS

THE ALL BLACKS

And so to tomorrow’s big game at Twickenham; the All Blacks have always been a massive force in world rugby and I’ve seen nothing so far in the tournament to convince me that any other team will better them in this competition.

2014-11-28 valkryies in action

The Valkryies continued their progress as a team with a 24-12 win over Derby in their first ever National Knockout Cup game. It was in the opinion of their Coach Alex Conlin their most accomplished performance since their inception. The Scarborough are joint leaders of their league and play the other joint leaders YORK RI at Silver Royd on Sunday 8th November at Noon.

SAM BURGESS SCORES FOR ENGLAND RL AGAINST NEW ZEALAND

SAM BURGESS SCORES FOR ENGLAND RL AGAINST NEW ZEALAND

And don’t forget, if like me you are a fan of both codes of rugby, England Rugby League’s three game series with New Zealand starts tomorrow at 5pm with the first test at Hull’s KC stadium. The second test is at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday the 7th of November at 2.30pm followed by the final game on the 14th at the DW Stadium Wigan kicking off at 1pm.

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