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Ross Sutherland head coach Mann is doubt for Caledonia North Two-opening derby match


By Andrew Henderson

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Ross Sutherland player/head coach John Mann is only faced with one injury concern ahead of tomorrow’s derby match against Highland 2nds – himself.

The Stags will get their league campaign under way at home against their close rivals, hoping for a better result than their last outing against Aberdeenshire in the Caledonia Bowl.

John Mann is struggling with a twisted knee going into tomorrow's derby match against Highland 2nds. Picture: Peter Carson
John Mann is struggling with a twisted knee going into tomorrow's derby match against Highland 2nds. Picture: Peter Carson

Last week ended in a 59-0 defeat away from home, but Mann was forced to watch that match from the sidelines as he was ruled out with a twisted knee.

That was not an easy thing to do for someone who has barely missed a game over the last few years.

“I joined in with the warm up, and then one of our backs went down and honestly I was telling the physio to tape my knee up and I would go on, but it’s not worth it,” Mann explained.

“It’s really good to watch from the sideline, because obviously you get to see a bit more, but it’s really hard.

“I’m sure that’s the same for everyone who plays and then takes a step back, but it’s really hard to watch. That’s just because you want to get involved.

“Whether we’re winning or losing, I love playing, I want to play rugby.”

Read more in today's Ross-shire Journal.


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