Team spirit is the key

Scar­bor­ough RUFC coach be­lieves cam­er­aderie was cru­cial to suc­cess at Sil­ver Royd in 2018

The Scarborough News - - SPORT SCARBOROUGH RUFC SPECIAL - BY DANIEL GRE­GORY Daniel.gre­[email protected]­me­ Twit­ter: @mr­daniel­gre­gory

Scar­bor­ough RUFC coach Si­mon Smith has ad­mit­ted to his sur­prise at tak­ing North One East by storm.

His side top the league ta­ble at the turn of the year hav­ing racked up 10 wins and a draw from their 14 out­ings to date.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think we’d be top at the Christ­mas break,” ad­mit­ted Smith, who over­saw an un­prece­dented first sea­son in charge of the club, win­ning the York­shire Shield and also gain­ing pro­mo­tion from York­shire One.

“We ob­vi­ously didn’t know what to ex­pect af­ter win­ning pro­mo­tion, but I’ve been re­ally pleased with the courage the play­ers have shown to con­tinue to play our own game re­gard­less of the op­po­si­tion.

“Team spirit and ca­ma­raderie is cru­cial with us, we have a very close-knit chang­ing room and it’s im­por­tant that we main­tain that go­ing for­ward.”

In ad­di­tion to strength­en­ing their ranks with some solid over­seas ad­di­tions, in­clud­ing Cade Robin­son and Man­ning Smith since the start of the sea­son, Smith also has a plethora of promis­ing young­sters at his dis­posal as the club’s strong youth de­vel­op­ment op­er­a­tion starts to pay div­i­dends.

The likes of the Govier broth­ers, Euan and Drew, Jonty and Jor­dan Hol­loway, Ben Martin, Aaron Wil­son and Jor­dan Wake­ham have all im­pressed yet again this sea­son, much to the de­light of their coach.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to see so many lo­cal lads com­ing through the ranks at the club and play­ing well across all our teams,” added Smith.

“It’s very much a fam­i­lyfeel at the club, and we make sure we re­cruit from within to en­sure we know what sort of player we are get­ting and if they’ll fit in or not.

“Things are look­ing good for the club with so many young play­ers com­ing through and im­press­ing, and also with the Vik­ings sit­ting top of their league too.”

Kiwi Sam Daw­son shows his de­light af­ter touch­ing down in Scar­bor­ough RUFC’s su­perb 31-3 derby-day win against Bridling­ton RUFC PIC­TURES BY ANDY STAND­ING

Jonty Hol­loway es­capes the clutches of a Mal­ton & Nor­ton man to touch down in the re­cent derby vic­tory

Euan (above left) and Drew (above right) Govier have im­pressed

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