The views of director of rugby Kieran Lawry
“SATURDAY really saw the team come together well and put in a performance, albeit still in patches, that we have been threatening much of the season.
“It is noticeable now that the ground is firm and the pitches are fast that we are able to apply our game which makes for some excellent spectating.
“The match against Bradford Salem was no exception and despite them being rooted to the bottom of the table they were still a dangerous side that put us under massive amounts of pressure at times.
“The hugely pleasing aspect of the win on Saturday was the way we defended when put under this pressure, especially the 10 minutes towards the end of the first half where despite being camped on our try line and constantly battered by the big visiting forwards the lads simply refused to let them over the whitewash.
“This determined effort and tight knit teamwork will be tested to the limit this Saturday with the visit of the league’s in-form side Scarborough to Dukes Park.
“They will still be smarting from the easy beating we gave them at their place (yet again) at the beginning of the season so the whole squad will be preparing thoroughly for the test ahead.
“The full squad of 18 performed magnificently against Salem with notable stand outs from our peerless back row of Oliver, Sutton and Baloyi in our hard-working pack.
“Hopefully we can win enough ball on Saturday to put our game plan into action and get the ball moving about quickly.
“We certainly do not want to be drawn into a game of attrition which will no doubt be Scarborough’s limited game plan.
“The only injury worry we have from Saturday was a recurring hamstring injury to South African star Sizwe Zondo after just three minutes, although his replacement Gareth Roberts did an excellent job coming off the bench.
“Paddy Waines should be back in contention despite dislocating his finger and a number of the first team squad members will be pushing for a starting place after good performances in the seconds including Gary Heeley, Jack Dearing and Ryan Kerr.
“I am hoping that we can get plenty of support down for this local derby match which will definitely spur on the lads in a bid to climb above our visitors in the league and away from the bottom of the table.
“Get yourself down and cheer the boys on.”