Nathan Slater Previews The National Cup Derby Against West Hull.
The West Hull - Skirlaugh derby is always a tasty watch for Rugby League fanatics. I’ve not covered a derby featuring these two teams since season 1 of GRM SPORT back in 2017 and I am thoroughly looking forward to a feisty head to head between these two local rivals.
Much of today’s derbies are watered down in the World of Sports, but this game promises to be an absolute classic!
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Looking ahead at the derby, I recently caught up with Nathan Slater, 26. Now in his 6th season in the NCL, Nathan is a popular face in the National Conference having achieved top try scorer status in successive seasons.
Most would know Slater for his electric pace in the halves for Myton Warriors, but recently he decided to sign with local Hull rivals Skirlaugh.
Now settled in at his new club here’s what Nathan had to say to GRM in regards to his transfer to Skirlaugh and the upcoming Hull derby.
On making the switch from Myton Warriors to rivals Skirlaugh.
“ I left Myton due to a combination of reasons really, but ultimately it was down to the lack of numbers at training. We were playing in the highest division of amateur rugby and only 10 or so players were getting down to training. I’m passionate about my rugby and I just thought this was unacceptable for this level.
“This feeling was coupled with the fact that rugby is almost like any job where you can get comfortable if you’re not constantly challenged and I saw the opportunity at Skirlaugh as a fresh challenge. I’m playing full-back for Skirlaugh which is a new position for me and adds to the test.
On his time at Skirlaugh so far.
“ Since joining Skirlaugh I have experienced a different level of professionalism much higher than the environment I was in before. We had 44 players training on my first training session with the club and we have top experienced coaches in Troggsy (Lee Roberts) and Neil Hinchsliff. Hull FC’s Danny Washbrook also assists when he can.
on last weeks round 1 defeat to Nortmanton Knights.
“ Yeah we got pumped last week, lost 46 - 4! It was a pretty even arm-wrestle up until the point where we lost a player to a red card and then another to a yellow in quick succession, this led to us conceding 5 tries! The Knights have some big players, one of their props is easily 21 stone! It took at least 4 defenders to stop him and we were down to 11 men!
On the derby against local rivals West Hull
“ West Hull have been very clinical in derbies I’ve played in against them in the past. If you allow them into your end of the field they will punish you, they’ve not made Grand Finals for nothing!
“ Based on last weeks result against Normanton we are all just looking to respond and this fixture is a perfect game for that response. Including myself, there are a number of key players who will be looking to step up to the challenge including Scott Mountain, John Gay and Harvey Gotts. Overall I’m just looking forward to a good game of rugby.