Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

We'll respect Bann: McGreer

The Braidmen have won both their opening games while Brian Leslie's side have a win and a draw to their credit.

Ballymena put their unbeaten record on the line as they host Banbridge at Eaton Park.

The Braidmen have won both their opening games while Brian Leslie's side have a win and a draw to their credit.

Ballymena team manager Sam McGreer won't be underestimating Banbridge despite his side's fine start to the season.

"It's our first home match but they will be hard to beat as they will come at us," he said.

"We have no injuries problems and we can afford to try a few things before we met Harlequins next week.

"We may want to look at different options at half back and it is the last chance for the players to impress before the U-20's come back into contention."

James McGrugan may return to the wing.

Craig Woods could move into scrum half while in the pack Niall Greenan will deputise in the second row if Bob Young is unavailable.

Banbridge are depleted going into the game with six key players missing through injury or unavailability.

Claude Crawford comes onto the left wing for Tyrone Howe, Sean Connolly starts at out half and Neville Farr takes over at scrum half from Colin Hamilton. Simon McKinstry gets a chance in the second row as Barro Kessler is ruled out.

Malone ran Dungannon close last week and they will face a tough task as Instonians visit Gibson Park.

Despite having no injuries from last week Malone coach Andy Dougan is likely to rotate his squad and offer other players an opportunity to impress.

Inst coach Clem Boyd is also likely to make changes to the side after last week's 50-0 win over Rainey. Mark Wilson broke his nose in training so Kenny Morton comes into the second row.

Prop Chris Schofield faces a fitness test.

Davy O'Hara gets a chance to shine at scrum half, Ian Martindale starts in the centre while John Colgan will aim to fly down the wing.

Boyd was disappointed with his side's fitness levels last week so he brought in Ulster fitness and conditioning coach Steven Richards for a training session during the week in a bid to sharpen his players up for more tough physical encounters.

Queen's have injury problems as they host City of Derry at the Dub. Out half Mark Robinson is ruled out with a broken bone in his hand.

Richard Peoples has a hamstring injury and Greg Taylor has a shoulder problem while hooker Richard Morton is unavailable.

Rainey are still without John Andrews and Darryl Porter for the visit of Ballynahinch. Belfast Harlequins are yet to concede a point in two games and they visit Ards. Dungannon travel to Portadown in the other match.

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