RUGBY: City of Derry aiming for six in a row

City of Derry's Richard McCarter wants a high tempo start against Greystones this weekend.
City of Derry's Richard McCarter wants a high tempo start against Greystones this weekend.

While many rugby supporters will be tuned into this weekend’s World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham, City of Derry return to AIL action on Saturday.

Terry McMaster’s side, who had a weekend off last week, entertain Greystones at Judges Road (KO 2.30pm).

Derry go into the game in fantastic form as they are unbeaten in all the AIL games and sit proudly at the top of the Division 2B table.

Back’s player coach Richard McCarter wants their great start to continue this weekend.

“We definitely have the confidence and we have a bit of momentum, but we just have to keep it going,” said McCarter.

“We know how quickly it can all change so every game is important to us and that starts again this weekend against Greystones.”

McCarter also admits that if they get on the front foot from the off that will be key to any success.

“We know if we play well and start with a good tempo, there’s no team that can live with us,” he added.

“But there’s a few wee sort of errors that are creeping into our game and we need to get rid of them, but we are working on those errors in training.”

The 30-year-old knows the squad have set themselves a few targets this season and they have achieved their goal in the first sets of games.

“We spoke before the season started and we targeted winning the first four AIL matches, we have done that, so now our block of fixtures start this weekend,” he said.

“We know every team have good players and they are going to have patches in the game that they’ll threaten us, but we sort of just want to concentrate on our own performance.

“We have been lucky with injuries this year and we have had a full squad of players to choose from week in week out, but as I said now that we have the momentum it’s just about cutting out the wee errors and lackadaisical phases which are creeping into our game.

“But if we start well and get structure to our game we are very impressive at times.”

The Judges Road men have no injury concerns going into the game and McCarter believes last weekend’s break will help the squad.

“As far as I know everyone is fine, we have a few boys carrying bumps and bruises, but it was good to get a week’s rest last weekend, and because we had a weekend off, everyone is raring to go.”