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Ross Sutherland must target depleted Aberdeen Grammar

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Ross Sutherland captain Jamie Johnston believes this weekend could be the perfect time to play Aberdeen Grammar.

Ross Sutherland captain Jamie Johnston charges through the Moray defence. Picture: Peter Carson
Ross Sutherland captain Jamie Johnston charges through the Moray defence. Picture: Peter Carson

The Stags claimed their first win of the season last time out, 36-27 to Moray after scoring four tries in the first half.

Grammar meanwhile beat Banff 47-27 last time out, but Johnston has reason to think they will not be so strong on Saturday.

“They normally have a few students in their side, and it’s a reading week for them at the moment, they have two weeks off,” he explained.

“That’s something we’re going to try and target.

“Hopefully we’ll be travelling with 22 on Saturday, which would be a full squad.

“Taking that number of players would be fantastic, it would hopefully set us up for the challenge.

“The lads are still going to have to work hard, but going with more numbers will hopefully give them more confidence as well.”

Last season saw Ross Sutherland struggle out east, but Johnston put that down to a lack of numbers.

They travelled from Invergordon with 14 players, and were quickly down to 13 through injury, but the Stags still managed to earn a try bonus point in defeat.

The taste of victory will have been a big boost to the squad, and Johnston hopes that can see them to a second win in a row.

“They’re still going to be a good side,” Johnston said.

“I think it’s going to be a tight game, normally whenever we play Grammar it tends to be reasonably tight.

“After last weekend, everyone is just dying to get back on that rugby field, they’re absolutely buzzing.

“To go from not being able to field a team – just through complete and utter circumstances three weeks ago in Aberdeenshire – to coming away with a bonus point win and stopping them from getting a losing bonus point, that was fantastic.

“Hopefully we can take that enthusiasm into the match.”

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