‘RUCKGATE’ & Scarborough v Keighley tomorrow.

3 Mar

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 3, Twickenham, London, England 26/2/2017
England vs Italy
England's Ben Te’o, Courtney Lawes and Maro Itoje with Sergio Parisse of Italy
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

ENGLAND V ITALY LAST SUNDAY

I watched last Sunday’s England-Italy game and was amazed at the furore caused by ‘RUCKGATE’ Italy’s ‘no ruck’ tactics in the game that allowed them to avoid the ruck and negate the offside line. It seemed to me that Italy coach Connor O’Shea merely looked for a legal way to stop his fragile side being flattened by the England Juggernaut. England failed to think on their feet during the first forty minutes of the game but having sorted things out in the dressing room went on to win the game scoring six tries in the process. A lot of hot air was generated after the game but personally I don’t think we’ll see any rule changes and I doubt if the tactic will be much repeated in the remainder of the tournament.  

Last Saturday was a free day as far as the league  was concerned for Scarborough RUFC but of course there was plenty of action at Silver Royd and in a wider context, the Six Nation Championship. The Vikings went down 25-10 to Pocklington Panthers after a cracker of a game in front of an enthusiastic turnout whilst there was plenty of international action on the big screens as Scotland beat Wales and Ireland got the better of France at the Aviva Stadium.

SCARBOROUGH CONTEST A LINEOUT IN THEIR LAST HOME GAME WITH BRADFORD SALEM photograph by ANDY STANDING

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However, it’s back to Yorkshire One action tomorrow with the visit of Keighley. The West Yorkshiremen are on a bit of a run at the moment and will be looking to make it four consecutive wins having beating North Ribblesdale, Old Brods and Heath on their last three outings.

LONI-LONI SUPPORTING BILLY PARKER (centre) PLAYED HIS LAST GAME FOR THE CLUB AND SCORED A TRY AGAINST BEVERLEY photograph by ANDY STANDING

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This mirrors Scarborough’s situation a couple of weeks ago when we travelled to Beverley looking for a fourth win on the trot having beaten Yarnbury,  Acklam and North Ribb in the preceding three games, running in 20 tries in the process. However it wasn’t to be and the men from Beaver Park were the best team on the day eventually running out 35-27 winners of a cracking game in which Scarborough only came alive after the break scoring three tries including one from Loni-Loni playing his last game for the club.

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ETHYNNE TERBLANCHE (on the ground) RETURNS AGAINST KEIGHLEY TOMORROW photograph DAVE CAMPBELL

Keighley had the upper hand in the corresponding game back in the autumn winning a close-fought affair 15-5; Coach Lee Douglas will look to his charges to gain revenge for that reverse tomorrow and has included centre Billy Parker, lock Phil Watson and returning South African Ethynne Terblache in his squad whilst retaining veteran utility back Graeme Jeffrey. Chris Purdy and Rich Scales are in the Vikings who travel to Malton.

Don’t forget all senior game from tomorrow until the end of the season kick off at 3pm.

 

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