Toon chasing promotion with unbeaten run
Thursday, 15 December 2016
BALLYMONEY Rugby Club's First XV manager Jonny Hanna is confident his players have what it takes to go the entire season unbeaten in the league. Hanna's bold prediction followed his side's eleventh consecutive victory which came at home on Saturday against Belfast High School Former Pupils.
The Toon - who are seeking a return to Division Two after being relegated at the end of the 2015-16 campaign - top the table with a six point lead.
They face a tricky tie away to County Cavan outfit Virginia this Saturday before hosting second-placed PSNI at Kilraughts Road on New Year's eve.
“The outcome of the next two games will give everyone a better idea of where we're at in terms of performance and ability," Hanna told Chronicle Sport. "We've already beaten Virginia but they're said to be a different proposition at their own ground, so the players can't afford to be complacent.
“If we can win Saturday's game that sets us up nicely for PSNI. They are a very strong team and we only secured the win over them in the last fifteen minutes when we played them away, so we know the game on December 31 is going to be crucial as far as the title race goes. It could prove pivotal.
“The players in the squad definitely have the potential to win the league and go the season unbeaten. I don't want to sound too cocky or get ahead of myself because we are all taking it one game at a time but no one is just settling for wins. We all want to improve, we want to keep getting better."
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