RAINEY Old Boys return to All Ireland action this Saturday as they host North Dublin outfit Suttonians. The Old Boys had no fixture last week as the First Trust Ulster Senior Cup semi finals took place.
However, the Old Boys now face two crucial home fixtures as they look to cement their place at the top of the table. Coach Chris Campbell was looking forward to the next two games and admitted that he cannot wait to have two fixtures at home.
“Hopefully home advantage will help us over the line. We have two tough games against Suttonians and Banbridge but we are hopeful of two wins over the next two weekends.”
Campbell said that the Old Boys had done their homework on Suttonians and he stated that it will be an interesting clash of styles.
“We have watched a few videos on them and we have made notes on how they prefer to play. They are a side who are very much orientated around their pack and they will play a possession game. They like to kick to the corners and put you under pressure at the line-out. We are prepared for the challenge and are looking forward to kick off on Saturday.”
This season Rainey have received much praise for their attractive brand of rugby but Campbell admitted that the Rainey forwards need to stand up and be counted on Saturday.
“The first fifteen minutes of the game will be crucial. I think they will throw everything at us through the pack in the early stages and it is up to us to counteract this. We need to stand up and face up to their big pack. We have faith in our backline and we know that we can hurt them out in the backs.”
Currently, leading the AIL Ulster Bank League 2B is Tipperary outfit, Cashel who are ahead of the Old Boys only due to a superior score difference.
Rainey will look to continue their good form on Saturday 3rd December when they face Ulster rivals Banbridge at home. The Old Boys have already defeated Banbridge in the Ulster Senior League and will be hoping to claim bragging rights in this Ulster derby.
Kick off at Hatrick Park on Saturday is 2.30pm.