Scarborough RUFC mourns the death of Manning Smith and celebrates the return to action of club stalwart Tom Harrison at Malton on Saturday.

4 Dec



It’s been a sad week around Scarborough Rugby Club with the news last weekend that 22 year old New Zealander Manning Smith had passed away. Manning arrived at Scarborough last autumn and made his debut in the 36-29 win at Pocklington on October 27th (I was on the touchline behind the Scarborough technical area and remember him being nervous in his brightly coloured pink boots).  Playing on the wing he made a big impression on his teammates and the club’s supporters.  He scored several vital tries for the club, the most memorable being an amazing touchdown from the kickoff in the 31-3 victory over Bridlington just before Christmas last year. His most influential try come in an injury-time 27-21 win at Driffield in early March this year. Manning will be laid to rest in Auckland NZ at 10am New Zealand time on Friday.  RIP Manning taken far, far too early.

2019-12-04 MANING


Saturday sees Scarborough on the road at the Gannock where they take on Malton & Norton. The big news on this game is that Tom Harrison plays his first game for Scarborough following injury on the first day of last season at Bradford and Bingley and several operations and rehabilitation this year. A long-term Scarborough favourite Tom has been itching to get back to action and plays at fullback. Coach Simon Smith has selected a new centre pairing of newcomer Via Tuilagi and Henry Hocking in the centre with Angus Frend and Jonty Holloway on the wings. Up front: Will Leah joins Luke Brown in the second row with Aaron Wilson returning to back row duties for the injured Euan Govier where he joins Jordan Holloway and club skipper Drew Govier in the breakaway unit. Sam Pollock, Chris Purdy and Tom Reed are on the bench. Influential No8 Ben Martin is still unavailable due to concussion.

Having exited the Yorkshire Shield a few weeks ago 10-32 at the hands of Malton at Silver Royd with a side decimated by injury, the Seasiders will look to bounce back from consecutive league defeats against Morley and Pocklington with a victory at the Gannock on Saturday. Last season they won 43-17 at the same venue in early April in their push to the North One East play-offs. On their last league outing Malton were on the wrong end of a 27-22 score-line at Cleckheaton.

Benny Blackall on Oliver’s Mount earlier this week.

Finally, prop Benny Blackall, seriously injured in the game against Driffield is working hard on his physiotherapy and rehabilitation in admirably determined fashion; I’ll keep you updated on the young Aussie’s progress.

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