Archive | August, 2016

Makeshift Scarborough no match for Driffield in pre-season game at Silver Royd.

20 Aug

2016-08-19 SCARBOROUGH ATTACKS straight

Scarborough on the charge against Driffield today

Scarborough appeared far from prepared for the season ahead as their mixed ability team were thrashed 46-0 in final pre-season warm-up at Silver Royd this afternoon.

With many of all of their ‘imports’ including skipper Matty Jones yet to arrive and several first teamers from last season injured or still on holiday, the Seasiders fielded a makeshift squad and were found wanting by their North One opponents Driffield.

2016-08-19 ISSAC DEFENDS straightScarborough defend in their own 22

An unfamiliar looking Scarborough pack held their own until they ran out of steam and the visiting back division cashed in with a hatful of tries late in the game.

Scarborough won both of their pre-season games against the same opposition prior to last season and with four difficult league games to come before the arrival of Jones on the 27th of September they could struggle next month.


Jordan Wakeham clears from a scrum


18 Aug

2016-08-17 dave 1

The report in yesterday’s Scarborough News that Scarborough RUFC had named Matty Jones as the club’s captain came as no surprise to many supporters as he seemed the obvious choice when the experience of other possible candidates was considered. The big Kiwi front rower has a history with the club and is an inspirational figure on the paddock. However, the Silver Royd faithful will have to be patient as he is not due to arrive in the UK until the 27th of September and will miss the league games against Selby, York, Bridlington and West Leeds. He should make his first appearance against Yarnbury on the road on the first of October.

2016-08-18 matty jones


South African Ethaynne Terblanche has arrived and is working hard in the gym to regain full match fitness. On his last spell at Newby the compact loose forward was a man of few words and much of his work at blind-side was done with his nose only millimetres from the turf at the coalface. With Isaac Faamau and Phil Watson in contention for back row places life could get interesting in the back five.

2013-09-03 PHIL WATSON


As I was in London last weekend I missed the visit of Pocklington for the first of the pre-season training games. Being the middle of August Scarborough had only around 18 players to chose from as opposed to their opponents who had around 30; the final score of the three session game saw the visitors run out 34-24 winners. However I’m informed that a more representative Scarborough squad will be on duty to take on North One side Driffield at Silver Royd tomorrow. KICK OFF FOR THIS GAME IS AT 1.30PM


I’ve been asked to write a rugby column commencing on the 2nd of September for The Scarborough Review, a free monthly newspaper. I’ll be reporting on Scarborough rugby including match reports and previews of games in the month ahead plus gossip and what’s happening at Silver Royd.  Also if you have your views or anything you would like me to cover you can always reach me at or on 07710 412510; it should be fun.


12 Aug

Ahead of their pre-season friendly with North One club Pocklington on Saturday Scarborough received the welcome news that former skipper Phil Watson who has been missing from the Seasiders line-up with injury for an extended period has been given the all clear to play this coming season. The big ex-Castleford back five player will be a huge asset to what should be one of the strongest forward packs the Silver Royd club has able to field for many seasons.

The Scarborough eight which will include returning front rower Kiwi Matty Jones, James Leach, Issac Faamau and Ethynne Terblanche should be more than a match for must Yorkshire One sides.

Behind them the line-up is far from settled; with the departure of Tom Chadwick and Tom Harrison’s injury, the fly-half position may be problematical. Joe Lenton, who played on the wing and at scrum-half last season plays at number ten in tomorrow’s friendly. Utility back Maloni Vakauta Kakala Moata’ane; known as Loni Loni for short has yet to arrive but when former skipper Tom Ratcliffe returns from honeymoon things should become clear. Dynamic young scrum-half Jordan Wakeham is also raring to go.

With several players and Coach Lee Douglas still on holiday, tomorrow’s game will give the Silver Royders a chance to see many fringe players and newcomers in action over the four quarters to be played and an entertaining afternoon’s rugby is in store. Kickoff is 3pm and entry is free.

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