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Ross Sutherland answered questions in top of the table clash victory over Kinloss Eagles in Invergordon

By Andrew Henderson

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Ross Sutherland Rugby Club locator May 2023. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Ross Sutherland Rugby Club locator May 2023. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Ross Sutherland coach Murray Kennedy was delighted with his side’s performance against Kinloss Eagles last weekend – but insists there is still work to do to achieve their goals for the season.

Last Saturday’s clash in Invergordon looked likely to be a title decider in the Caledonia North Two Highlands and Islands Conference, with the two sides deadlocked on points with just a couple of games left to play.

A 19-12 victory for the Stags, thanks to tries from Dean Morrison, Kenzie Innes and Andy Mair with two conversions from John Mann, puts the Naval Grounds outfit in pole position going into the final weeks of the regular campaign.

Kennedy, who coaches the team alongside brothers David and Ali, particularly wanted to highlight the levels of some younger players in the squad who helped them along the way to winning.

“We played brilliantly, and there were some big performances which was great to see,” he said.

“Some of the younger ones particularly stood out – Luke Mackenzie, George Forth and Ruaridh Macmillan are only 18 but they all had outstanding performances.

“There were times in that game, particularly towards the end, where there was only a try between the teams. We managed to do enough to keep them out.

“There is a real difference between beating teams by a lot of points to a game that is really keenly contested. You wonder if the team can win those games, but the boys answered those questions for me on Saturday.”

With cup action and the play-offs still to go this season, it could yet be an exciting end to the campaign – but Kennedy is not getting ahead of himself, adding: “We haven’t done anything yet. We haven’t won the league, there are still two games to go so we need to go and get results and not rest on our laurels to complete what we’ve started so well.

“We will go into the play-offs and into the Bowl knowing that every match is a big one.”

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