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Big Welsh Derby is a big day for Cardiff RL coach

29th April 2015, 06:22

Big Welsh Derby is a big day for Cardiff RL coach

Former South Wales Scorpions captain Phil Carleton has wished his old side luck in the Big Welsh Derby against North Wales Crusaders at Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday 10th May (kick-off 3pm).

Former South Wales Scorpions captain Phil Carleton has wished his old side luck in the Big Welsh Derby against North Wales Crusaders at Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday 10th May (kick-off 3pm).

 

Carleton is now head coach of Cardiff City Rugby League, who will also play a big part in the day.

 

The new side, a result of a merger between Cardiff Demons and Cardiff Spartans, will take on last season’s league leaders Aber Valley Wolves at 12.30pm after their reserves face Valley Cougars seconds at 11am.

 

Carleton himself will be presented with his Welsh cap that he won last year when he played against Scotland at Workington in the European Championship.

 

“I’d like to wish the Scorpions all the best for the Big Welsh Derby game,” he said. “There are a lot of things against the Scorps this year. They’ve a young squad and a few players have left for one reason or another, but that said there are good things to come from the boys I'm sure.

 

“Last year we found ourselves in similar situations after tough trips to places like Hunslet and York but we still pulled together a few great games.

 

“They’ve a day at the Arms Park, a derby, a point to prove and, with no disrespect intended, no expectation from the outside world. All the pressure will be on the Crusaders.

 

“So if those factors don't raise a response from the players, nothing will. There is no better time get a win.”

 

Cardiff City Rugby League have played a few friendly matches, including games against the Scorpions and Wales Students.

 

And Carleton says that training has been going well ahead of their big game, which will signify the kick-off of the 2015 Welsh Conference season.

 

“As any coach, at any level will tell you it's always hard bringing together groups of players who've all been taught different ways,” Carleton said. “The task for me is to keep and utilise the players’ individual good traits, ease out their bad habits and most importantly get us all on the same rugby page. We are yet to win, so there is still old to be done. We want to put that right on May 10th.

 

“We believe that the merger between the Demons and Spartans will be a great way to boost the profile of the sport. The capital needs a Rugby League team. I don't think it's unfair to say with two sides last year in Cardiff, the resources of players, coaches and players was spread a little too thinly. Now with one club we can hope to replicate the long standing success of our League counterparts.

 

“Cardiff Arms Park is a great day out and I encourage everyone to come down for the day on Sunday 10th May. It's Cardiff City Rugby League’s home ground now and my boys have been fortunate, thanks to the generosity of our management, to play here often over the last few months. The stadium is steeped in history and the surroundings make every game here a special occasion.”

 

Tickets for the Big Welsh Derby day can be bought by going to www.scorpionsrl.com and www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk. Prices are only £10 for adults, £5 concessions, £2 for juniors aged 12-16 and £1 for primary school children. Group discounts – buy 5 get 2 free can also be bought online. #BigWelshDerby