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Mann believes form could be Ross Sutherland's saving grace ahead of relegation decision


By Andrew Henderson


Ross Sutherland rugby club head coach John Mann hopes that their form in the second half of the season will count for something when decisions are made over promotion and relegation.

The Scottish Rugby Union announced last week that they were calling an immediate end to the 2019/20 season, with league tables frozen as they were.

But as the North Star went to press, there had been no confirmation of what would happen with promotion and relegation – an important issue for the Stags who are in the Caledonia North Two relegation zone.

Brian Davies in action for Ross Sutherland earlier in the season. Picture Peter Carson
Brian Davies in action for Ross Sutherland earlier in the season. Picture Peter Carson

Ross Sutherland had their destiny in their own hands, with three games to play – two of them against relegation rivals North Police – and 10 points off safety.

Mann is now keeping his fingers crossed that good results after the winter break, and looking at the fixtures they still would have had to come, will give them a relegation reprieve.

“I would love to say I have the answer,” Mann explained.

“I would love to say anyone has the answer, but I think they’re just going to have to take a logical approach.

“In our league, only four out of the eight teams have fulfilled all their fixtures.

“If you look at it from our performances in the second half of the season, you would like to think we would have won two or three games towards the end of the season.

“I’m hoping that all of those factors are taken into consideration.

“It was the right call to end the season. It’s a shame, because we were close to the end, but it’s about the bigger picture.”

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