Work to do for high flyers

Damian Ball takes his high flying Old Rishworthians side to Rotherham Phoenix in the Silver Trophy this weekend.

And the former rugby league professional, whose side now sit 10 points clear at the top of Yorkshire Three after a scorching start to the league season, is looking for a performance as well as a result against a team thrashed 66-12 at Copley a fortnight ago.

“We did not play particularly well last weekend,” said Ball, referring to his side’s 18-7 win over Northallerton.

“It was a scrappy kind of game for whatever reason and while things worked out pretty well for us in the end, with results elsewhere going our way, we need to be better than that.

“We are going with a full strength side and for us it’s a case of trying to rectify the things we did wrong last week.

“We’ve been told Rotherham are a better side at home, because they have players who prefer not to travel, so we’ll see.

“I can’t emphasise this enough though; it’s massively about the way we perform as a team, not just whether we win or not.”

Rishies will welcome back South African Jamie Bloem, absent last week through 13-a-side refereeing commitments.

“Jamie had to drop out quite late on, but hopefully he’ll be available tomorrow,” said Ball.