Scorpions new boy aiming to sting Raiders
Published at 15:06, Friday, 04 May 2012
A FORMER Leeds Rhinos Academy forward who has not played competitive rugby league for 10 years can’t wait to test himself against Barrow Raiders on Sunday.
Alun Wyn Davies left Leeds to join Welsh rugby union club Ospreys in 2003 but has been tempted to leave Swansea RU to join Dave Clark’s South Wales Scorpions and is itching to show what he can do against Barrow.
Davies came on as substitute in last week’s friendly win against Wigan’s under-20s, but is now ready for the real thing.
“I know Barrow are going well and are one of the front runners and favourites for promotion but I am not fazed by their reputation,” he said.
“I will be concentrating on my own game and improving with each performance.
“Against Wigan it was all about learning the timing and physicality of rugby league. I realised I was only getting hit straight on while in union I could get smashed from all angles.
“But league is a lot quicker and as a forward you need to be fitter. You only get a limited time to catch your breath and unlike in union you don’t get the scrums to take a breather. It was a real eye-opener.
“But after that win, everybody’s mentality changed overnight.
“The team knows that we can win and do it against the good sides. We can’t wait to take on Barrow.”
But former Craven Park boss Clark was not being carried away by the success against Wigan’s youngsters.
“It was a big deal for the team and they played really well for a memorable win. But we have to kick on from here and this win won’t mean anything unless we go forward against Barrow and put in the same effort on Sunday,” said Clark.
The Scorpions, who will include ex-Barrow hooker Nathan Mossop, have not made the best of starts, winning only one of their five games.
Finishing has been their biggest problem – their points total of 76 is the lowest in Championship One – and they are lying outside the top six.
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