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Ross Sutherland determined to avenge Caledonia North Two home defeat in Moray rematch, says coach David Gill

By Andrew Henderson

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Ross Sutherland may well be casting a few envious eyes at tomorrow’s opponents Moray, but that will not stop them doing everything they can to win in Elgin.

Moray sit at the top of the Caledonia North Two, with their squad seemingly bursting at the seems – driving up competition for places in the starting 15.

That depth is clearly paying off in terms of results, but at the same time Ross Sutherland felt they should have triumphed when the teams met in Invergordon.

So while there may be a few Stags players wondering what might have been, there is also a determination at the Naval Grounds to get their own back on the road this weekend.

“They are doing very well,” Ross Sutherland coach David Gill said.

“They have great competition for places throughout their squad trying to get two teams out every weekend.

Ross Sutherland coach John Mann looks to move the ball quickly against Moray earlier in the season. Picture: Peter Carson
Ross Sutherland coach John Mann looks to move the ball quickly against Moray earlier in the season. Picture: Peter Carson

“We’ve all said it before that competition breeds success – whether that comes from within the club or with close neighbours, it always helps.

“If they’ve got that competition for places with guys trying to push to get into their first 15, then it always makes it a good place to be.

“Credit to them, they’ve done well and they’re working away to pick up results.

“We look at them with a bit of jealousy in some regards with how well they have done so far. We feel as if we should maybe be a few points closer to them if we had managed to put results to bed. Hopefully we’ve learnt our lessons.”

Ross Sutherland look set to field a similar team to the one that would have played against Aberdeenshire last week before Storm Arwen forced mass cancellations.

That may just have given the Stags more time to reflect on Moray’s win in Invergordon, with Gill sure a complete performance will be enough to win this time.

“We’ve had a few games this year where we have played some fantastic rugby,” he explained.

“It has been wide, expansive, quick-moving, attacking stuff. Unfortunately, we have been the masters of our own downfall a wee bit too.

“We have 10 or 20-minute spells where we make too many mistakes, or switch off, that have come back to haunt us. We want to try and get a complete performance and play how we want to play for the full 80.

“There’s a willingness to work hard for each other, we’re just keen to see it in a full performance.”

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