- 1st XV v. Alnwick (H) – see the full match programme here
- 2nd XV v. Alnwick 2 (H)
- 3rd XV v. Beverley 2 (A)
- 4th XV v. Grimsby 2 (H)
We welcome Alnwick RUFC who bring both their 1st and 2nd teams, and Grimsby RUFC who face our 4th XV, to Kelleythorpe this Saturday. Our 3rd XV travel to Beverley to face their seconds.
1st XV will be looking for another win as they face Alnwick 1st in Regional One North. We last faced Alnwick in the Papa Johns Community Cup, when they again made the trip south to us. A win that day meant we had qualified for the semi-final – obviously we all know how that finished up. In our league games we won at Kelleythorpe 31-19, while Alnwick won at home 29-15. The end of the season saw Alnwick finish in 4th position, one behind us with threepoints between us.
It feels as though Alnwick have had a steady start to this season. However, they lie sixth in the league, again one place below us, having won five and lost three of their fixtures. They started the season with a home win against York 19-16. They lost the next three, 27-6 at home against Ilkley, 24-10 at Blaydon and 6-44 when hosting Harrogate. Since then, they are unbeaten with wins at Cleckheaton 10-23, Sandal at home 40-38, at Doncaster Phoenix 16-25 and last week beating a travelling Scunthorpe 19-17.
Driffield will be looking to push on following last week’s performance at Doncaster. For the first time this season we showed what we are about, playing some great rugby to ease past Phoenix, with the final score of 10-38 proving that point.
Not too many changes to the squad for this weeks game, so hopefully we should be ready for another tight game.
Alnwick 2nds also travel south to face our seconds in the YRFU & NE Premiership. Driffield have had a steady start to this season campaign, currently sitting 4th in the league, with wins over Sheffield 2nds, York 2nds, Sheffield Tigers 2nds, and losses at Sandal & Wharfedale. They have a strong side on paper, a perfect mixture of youth and experience. The league is proving the perfect test station for the 1st XV squad. giving chances to our younger lads to test themselves against tough opposition. Another strong team on paper, with more than a few lads that have been playing 1st XV games this season.
As a mark of respect for Remembrance Sunday, and the recent passing of both David Hall (former 1st XV Captain), we will be holding a minutes silence before kick-off.
Good Luck to All in Blue, Black & White