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Ross Sutherland out to maintain momentum at Aberdeenshire

By Andrew Henderson

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Ross Sutherland will be looking to keep the momentum they gained from a first league win last time out going when they travel to Aberdeenshire tomorrow.

Ross Sutherland face Aberdeenshire
Ross Sutherland face Aberdeenshire

There had been fears that heads were beginning to drop despite only having lost two matches with them both being at home, coupled with the extended break enforced on all club rugby because of the pandemic.

Coach John Mann described the atmosphere after last Saturday’s win over Aberdeen Grammar 2nds as like chalk and cheese compared to the week before, and now he is hoping to maintain that positivity when they return east for what could be seen as a bonus fixture on the calendar.

“This is rescheduled from a couple of weeks ago, so it’s nice,” Mann explained.

“We want to prove that last week wasn’t a fluke, and that’s what we’re going to try and do every single weekend.

“Momentum is a huge thing. I think back to the last season that we played, and it was so stop-start.

“It’s really difficult to build momentum, keep people engaged and it’s hard to get excited when it’s a weekend on, weekend off, weekend on, weekend off.

“Let’s hope we can get a good run of games and keep things going.”

Aberdeenshire will prove a tough test for the Stags, but Mann is confident that if his side can nullify Shire’s threats, they will have enough to win.

“We always know what Aberdeenshire will bring - they’re always going to be a really physical pack,” he added.

“They’re a physical team from one to 15, they love the abrasive edge of rugby. As long as we can hold parity in that and then look to run them off the park, we should be in with a chance.

“After losing two home games people were hurting, so the win was just what we needed and hopefully the younger guys will learn that if you’re more relaxed you make better decisions.”

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