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Ross Sutherland head to Banff in good form in Caledonia North Two


By Will Clark

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ROSS Sutherland will look to keep their undefeated away record intact when they travel to Banff in Caledonia North Two tomorrow.

John Mann: Peter Carson
John Mann: Peter Carson

The Stags are back in the title race after a 36–28 win over Mackie in Invergordon last weekend.

Despite being their first win at home this season, Ross Sutherland are unbeaten on the road, picking up wins at Aberdeen Grammar 2nd’s and Aberdeenshire.

Ross Sutherland head to sixth place Banff on Saturday and Mann says chasing down second place Moray is their next target.

He believes last Saturday’s win has blown the title race wide open and they have a chance of promotion this season.

“There are only three points between us and Moray in second place so that is our next target,” said Mann.

“You would like to think it is a three horse race and if you look at the fixtures, we have had more away games than Moray or Highland.

“Maybe towards the end of the season it will give us more of an advantage having more home games to play.

“There is a momentum and a buzz within our squad at the moment.”

Ross Sutherland picked up a try bonus point against Mackie thanks to Dan Gordon, John Mann, Tom Bannerman, Kenzie Innes, Andy Mair and Chris Jones in an impressive attacking performance at the Naval Grounds in Invergordon last weekend.

The win moves them within five points of league leaders Highland 2nd XV with seven games remaining this season.

Mann, who scored one of the tries says it was a superb performance from his team and to finally get a victory at home.

Despite conceding more points that he would have liked, he is pleased with the attacking prowess of his side.

“Scoring tries is not an issue at all for us,” said Mann.

“There were a few silly mistakes in defence.

“But on the whole, it was a cracking performance from one to 15.”

Mann added: “Four of our own tries started from our own half and there is a good amount of ambition and confidence in our team.”


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