Two Scarborough Pirates players have expressed their pride after representing Yorkshire Lionhearts, despite their defeat against Lancashire.
Pirates skipper Dave Douthwaite and Harry Sleep were part of the White Rose side who suffered a 26-18 defeat against their Lancashire counterparts.
Douthwaite said: “I’m really proud to have played in a Roses match, it’s an honour to represent your county.
“We were all disappointed with the result but it was a great experience and we’re looking forward to a return match in Yorkshire.”
That sentiment was echoed by Pirates teammate Sleep, who played at full-back in the clash at Wigan St Patrick’s ground.
He said: “Me and Dave were discussing on the way to Wigan how upsetting it was that we had to call the Pirates campaign off a few games short this year, but it was great to be part of a Roses game against Lancashire.
“We will hammer them on Yorkshire turf in the rematch, which should be another great experience.”