Wales Rugby League



Parry hoping for success with Glamorgan and Scorpi

14th March 2012, 09:22

Parry hoping for success with Glamorgan and Scorpi

South Wales Scorpions' hooker Steve Parry is hoping for double Rugby League success this week.

South Wales Scorpions' hooker Steve Parry is hoping for double Rugby League success this week.

First, on Thursday, he will be coaching the University of Glamorgan Rugby League side in the BUCS Shield Final match against Sheffield Hallam University at Mount St Mary's in Sheffield (kick-off 1pm).

Then on Sunday he will be looking to break his try duck for 2012 when he lines up for the Scorpions in their first home Cooperative Championship 1 match of the season which is against Workington Town at The Gnoll in Neath (kick-off 1pm).

Parry says that his Glamorgan lads are looking forward to the Final and are hoping to bring the trophy back to Wales.

"The boys are absolutely buzzing about it," he said. "We've done a lot of preparation in the last few weeks, the sessions have been going really well and all the boys are really up for it.

"We've done a bit of research on the Sheffield side and how they've done this year and there's a couple of clips on the net but you can't take too much out of that. Student Rugby League is always changing so you can't read into it too much. So we've just got ourselves as ready as we can and we're going to go up and give our best.

"They will be favourites to win I'm sure. It's a stroke of luck with them playing in their backyard so technically it's a home game for them. But we've been the underdog in many games this year and no-one's given us a chance so we don't mind that, we want to prove everyone wrong."

Parry will then need to quickly swap his coaching hat for his playing one for Sunday's Scorpions game against Workington Town, a match played as part of a double header with another student encounter which Cardiff Metropolitan University (UWIC) take on Swansea in a showpiece match.

"The past games with Workington have always been tough and I imagine this one will be the same," Parry said. "But coming off a tough win against Gateshead, hopefully our confidence will be high as a team and we can build on it and work towards getting another win this weekend.

"I am looking forward to watching the student game afterwards and I imagine it'll a be a good game. I know Phil Carleton who coaches UWIC obviously as he plays for the Scorpions and I know he's got a good bunch of boys down there. We've played against Swansea this year who did well against us so it should be a good game."

Top try scorer for the last two seasons, Parry has been unlucky so far this year but hopes that will change soon.

"As long as I get off the mark sooner or later, hopefully a few more will come my way," he said. "But along as we're getting tries and winning games, it doesn't matter who scores them. Having Nathan Mossop there who also plays at hooker, takes the pressure off me playing longer games so it's all going to be good in the long run."

South Wales Scorpions' first home league match of the season forms part of a double header at The Gnoll on Saturday 18th March. The Scorpions face Cumbrian club Workington Town at 1pm before the first ever big city South Wales Students Rugby League Challenge Match between Cardiff Met University and Swansea which kicks off at 3.15pm. Tickets can be bought by going to with a proportion of the gate receipts going back to each university to raise funds for their Rugby League sides.