Roughyeds Update ahead of Scorpions clash

Date published: Saturday, May 14, 2011

ROUGHYEDS will go to South Wales to face the Scorpions on Sunday without five senior men in the injured Marcus St Hilaire, Andy Isherwood, Lucas Onyango and John Gillam, plus the suspended Mark Brocklehurst.

Lucas is a long-term victim after surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon, but Brocklehurst will be available for the next senior game against Swinton away on Friday night, May 27 and it is hoped also that St Hilaire and Isherwood will also be available by then.

[singlepic id=620 w=320 h=240 float=right]Gillam, who suffered foot ligament injuries in last week’s cup defeat at Hull, may have to wait a little bit longer, perhaps until the game at Doncaster on June 5, but it will all depend on how the injury responds to treatment over the course of the next few weeks.

“Last week’s game at Hull was good experience for a lot of the players, and a good rest for those who didn’t play,” said coach Tony Benson, “but with hindsight I wish I had fielded one reserve at the KC Stadium to spare John Gillam his injury.

“It has been a struggle all year simply keeping players on the field.

“We are always looking for players to come in from outside the club, but there isn’t an awful lot out there at the moment. We are looking for someone to come in as back-up which makes it even more difficult.”

Scorpions will be without Lewis Mills but everyone else is available, including new signing Chris Clough, Paul Raftery, Loz Wildbore and key men like Welsh-capped hooker Steve Parry and new player-coach Aled James, who operates at scrum-half.

[singlepic id=681 w=320 h=240 float=left]James is quoted in a piece on the Scorpions’ website as saying that his senior players must stand up and be counted if Scorpions are to start to climb the table.

They have won one of their last four — a 20-18 home victory against London Skolars on Good Friday — but they go into the Oldham game following two away defeats at Keighley and Rochdale.

The Oldham game is the first of two matches to be played by Scorpions at Virginia Park, Caerphilly — famous for its cheese and its castle — while their regular home pitch at The Gnoll, Neath is being reseeded.

Said James: “Against Rochdale and Keighley we showed glimpses of real quality and we scored some good tries. But its the little things we need to get right. The same crucial errors keep cropping up at the moment.

“We play really good rugby in segments and then we throw up an error and suffer the consequences. Our key players are not stepping up to the mark. It’s our more experienced players who are dropping balls on exit and giving away silly penalties.

“We need to eradicate these faults and then we’ll be in a position to compete.

“Oldham are tough and experienced. The forwards run hard and they will be a constant threat to us around the ruck. They also have a lot of experience at half-back and hooker.”

Depending on how Workington go on at London Skolars and how Whitehaven fare at home to leaders Swinton Lions, Roughyeds could go fourth in the table if they pick up their fifth win.

Scorpions have been working hard to whip up support in Caerphilly and surrounding areas and it is interesting to note that tickets for the game are not only on sale at the Caerphilly club but also at other rugby union clubs in the region such as those at nearby Bedwas and Machen.