South Wales ready for first away day


South Wales boss Anthony Seibold is aware of the challenge the Scorpions face as they prepare for their first ever competitive away game this Sunday.

Rugby league’s newest professional club travel to Doncaster looking to follow up their terrific opening day victory against Workington at The Gnoll a fortnight ago.

Seibold said: “This week we face the first of 10 very big challenges away from South Wales. The travel and distance we are from the majority of teams is something that is very much understated at this level.

London Skolars have struggled when games are away from home over the years at this level. We are travelling the day of the game this season and that in itself is a massive test for us all to cope with and learn how to deal with getting off the bus on long journeys and putting in a performance.

“For example, we are on the bus at 7am this Sunday morning and four hours later we will be in Doncaster. This is not ideal by any means as far as high performance is concerned but we are doing everything we can at the Scorpions to make sure we are here for the long term and financially it is much better that we do it this way and I am very supportive of every decision in this situation. I want to see the Scorpions around for many years to come.”

The Scorpions entertained South Wales Thunder in a friendly last week, winning 82-18, as they took advantage of a free week owing to them not competing in the 2010 Challenge Cup.

Seibold added: “I think the biggest thing we got from this game was that our selection of the members of the Scorpions squad was justified. A number of players who trialled were in the opposition and as the scoreline suggests this game was well and truly one sided. This shows the gap between the Conference and Championship One.”

Scorpions supporters have been offered free coach travel to the Keepmoat Stadium this weekend, courtesy of the club’s directors.