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Bann aiming to do the double over students

By Michael Sadlier

Published 12/12/2015

Top team: Daniel Soper has warned over complacency
Top team: Daniel Soper has warned over complacency

Division 2A leaders Banbridge will be going all out to complete the double over Queen's University when the sides meet at Rifle Park for the second of their back-to-back Ulster derbies.

Following last week's comprehensive victory over the students, at the Dub, Bann coach Dan Soper knows that his squad must deliver again in the final round of games before the New Year and especially so with nearest challengers Malone only two adrift of the Co Down side.

So far, Bann have maintained a bullet-proof home record in the league but Soper is not taking anything for granted against a Queen's side badly stung by last Saturday's defeat.

"If we turn up with the mind-set of simply 'same again' that can lead to complacency which can be very dangerous," said Soper.

"We'll just go out and start again. It's nil-nil and last week counts for nothing."

Sixth-placed Queen's will be heading to Bann without key forward Alex Thompson, whose knee injury will sideline him for about six weeks, and they will be also be missing backs Jonny McPhillips and Rob Lyttle who are on Ulster A duty.

But at least Nick Timoney returns to the side from his Ireland Sevens involvement.

Malone host eighth-placed Skerries (2pm kick-off) following their impressive 29-24 bonus point win at the gale-swept north Dublin club, last Saturday, and coach Jarrett Truscott has Cory Tipping back at second row while Rory Campbell returns to full-back for this key clash.

In 2B, leaders City of Derry are at Rainey Old Boys, who are in sixth, for their derby game following last weekend's weather enforced postponement of what was scheduled to be their first outing at Judges Road - the sides are due to meet in Derry on December 19.

For Derry, second row David Houston is back while Craig Huey is in the match day squad.

Elsewhere, fourth-placed Armagh travel to Seapoint on the back of beating the Dublin side at the Palace Grounds - one of only two matches in the division which went ahead last weekend - while Dungannon, in seventh place, are at Sundays Well with kick-off in Cork scheduled for 2pm.

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