Vagabonds B put slim Shield title hopes on the line this weekend

Southern Nomads take on Vagabonds B in the Manx Shield's big clash this weekend

Southern Nomads take on Vagabonds B in the Manx Shield's big clash this weekend

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Manx Shield holders Vagabonds B travel to Southern Nomads this Saturday knowing that their slim chance of retaining the title hangs in the balance.

Anything less than a Vagas win will mean a new winner of the Shimmin Wilson-sponsored silverware this season.

Vagabonds sit in third place in the standings and have three matches to go.

Three wins would put them onto a total of 30 points giving them a slim chance of another title.

Anything less, however, means that Nomads and Douglas B are likely to pip them.

Nomads in particular look like favourites as they remain unbeaten and have four games yet to play. The last meeting between these two was a very narrow 14-10 win for Nomads so this game promises to be a tight one.

Vagas strength lies within their forwards.

Mark Allix’s blistering pace and Pete Faragher’s barrelling runs make a dynamic front row combination and skipper Kim Tomlinson is just outstanding at number eight.

Nomads by contrast are more of an all-round team. Big forwards like Steve McHugh can give penetration up front but the abrasive Dan Bridle at stand-off has a quick backline outside him and they’ll look to stretch the Vagas’ line.

Based on the ever-reliable formbook, this should be a Nomads win.

Elsewhere in the Shield, Western Vikings take a trip north where they’ll meet Ramsey B at the Mooragh Park.

Ramsey lost the reverse fixture earlier in the season and will be looking to set the record straight. These two sides sit next to each other in the table, but Ramsey have picked up some impressive victories since then and must start as favourites.

They’ll be looking to put on a good show for utility forward Orry Watterson who plays his last game for the club ahead of a big money transfer to Southern Nomads.

Neither club have disclosed a fee just yet but it’s rumoured to be more than two pies.

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