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Daniel Soper keen for Banbridge to maintain momentum

Banbridge have recorded convincing victories in their past three All-Ireland League outings and there will be no let up when they face Dungannon in UCL 2 at Rifle Park this afternoon.

Coach Daniel Soper said: "We are on a winning run and it is imperative that we keep up the momentum for the restart of the AIL."

Bann are undefeated since their 27-26 slip up at UCC in early November and have only conceded two tries in their last three games in which they have amassed 92 points including 13 tries which earned them 15 League points.

"We have only played one UCL game, against Queen's, and a bonus point win on Saturday would make us joint leaders with our opponents," added Soper.

"We will be fielding 18 of the squad that played at the weekend and Nico Vorster, who sustained a knee injury, is expected to participate. After that we can relax for a week before training restarts for the second half of the AIL."

The Stevenson Park side are undefeated in the competition following successes against Queen's and at Rainey and their recent AIL form had also been improving.

That was until Saturday when the Munster Branch moved their game late in the morning from Musgrave Park to a Junior Municipal pitch where they lost in atrocious conditions to Sunday's Well.

Queen's have had a couple of lean weeks after their unexpected 18-7 win over Malone and will be weakened for the visit of Belfast Harlequins.

Quins have only a couple of Senior Cup wins to show for their season but could well start their League challenge off with a win.

The Ballynahinch v Armagh and Ballymena v City of Derry UCL 1 games were postponed due to the First Trust Senior Cup final on Thursday evening.

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