‘Bann must be more ruthless’ says coach

Banbridge's Adam Doherty in action against Malone. Pic: Presseye
Banbridge's Adam Doherty in action against Malone. Pic: Presseye

Banbridge Rugby Club are in for a massive day on Saturday.

The club’s first team host their first home Ulster Bank League game of the season against Galway Corinthians.

That game kicks off at 4.30pm at Rifle Park and, before that, there is the small matter of Ireland’ Rugby World Cup opener against Canada to contend with.

The club are hoping for a feel-good factor to really kick off the new rugby season but coach Daniel Soper knows his side have to do their bit to excite the supporters.

“It’s going to be a good day so hopefully we can put in a good performance and get the right result,” he said.

Corinthians suffered a 30-18 defeat to Queen’s University last weekend but it’s not a result Soper is dwelling on.

He said: “Corinthians have a lot of U20 representative players so it’s just whether or not they get those guys back.

“I don’t think they will have them so maybe it’s not a bad time to play them.

“It’s dangerous to look at other results and take for granted what should happen though.”

Soper says his Bann side have to become more ruthless if they are to fulfil their aims of promotion as they only dfeated Malone by three points last weekend.

“It ended up closer than it should have been,” he conceded.

“We dominated for long periods but didn’t turn that into points. We missed a few shots at goal that would have put us 17-0 ahead.

“That meant one score from them and they were back in the game.
“There are going to be a lot of tight games in the league this season because there aren’t a lot to separate the teams at the top and those at bthe bottom.

“That means it’s important that we learn how to close games out when we have the chances.”

This weekend, Bann will be without the injured Adam Doherty but John Porter will again be available for selection.