Bloem in frame as Rishies rampage

Yorkshire Three leaders Old Rishworthians are likely to have their former player-coach Jamie Bloem in the side for their home clash with Northallerton tomorrow.

Bloem, the former rugby league professional and referee, returned to the Copley fold last week and played at No. 8 as Rotherham were thrashed 66-12

And current boss Damian Ball, who has steered his new charges to an eight-point lead at the top of the league ladder, said he intended to make the most of the South African’s presence.

“Jamie played really well last week; he’s over 40 now but he’s still got it in him to make an impact at our level,” said Ball.

“I’m not sure how long he’s here for, he says he’d like to stay with us but he’s probably going to have some rugby league refereeing commitments too.

“We’ll just make the most of him while he’s here.”

Bloem’s presence gives Ball another attacking threat in a side already piling up the points.

And while the coach remains cautious ahead of this weekend’s fixture, he admits his players’ confidence is burgeoning.

“There is a good feeling about the place; it’s my job to make sure they keep performing,” said Ball. “It’s not about looking at the table, it’s about turning up and performing.

“We’re playing quite an expansive game and we’ve got a lot of attacking threat.

“We’re under no illusions, things aren’t going to keep going for us all season, but hopefully we can pick up another win and another bonus point tomorrow.”

Ball expects to welcome back Frazer Swarbrooke, Anthony Shoesmith and Joe Billing for tomorrow’s fixture.