'Old firm' go head-to-head in Manx Trophy

Friday 8th October 2021 3:01 pm
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Ramseyâ??s Brandon Atchison touches down for the second of his three tries against Vagabonds in the Manx Trophy at Ballafletcher on Saturday afternoon. His hat-trick helped the northerners win 64-15 (DK211002 (50)) ()

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It’s round two of rugby’s Manx Trophy this weekend and the eye-catching game on the card is at Port-e-Chee where Vagabonds visit Douglas Celts.

The latter’s start to the season last week against Southern Nomads was postponed so quite what their side will look like is something of an unknown.

Vagas, by contrast, will be disappointed by their outing last Saturday when they were beaten by Ramsey 64-15 despite being only 26-10 down after 55 minutes.

Nathan Gibson was the pick of the Vagas players with some big carries around the park and Jon Reilly’s performance on the wing was pretty industrious too, despite the lack of ball. These two if fit will definitely pose a threat.

The other Trophy game is at Mooragh Park where Ramsey will host Southern Nomads. There’ll be at least one change to the home side with second row Jack Roberts absent with an ankle injury.

Youngster Josh Corteen may be available but Rory Nicholson is likely to get the start after some solid work last weekend.

Brandon Atchison, Dan Bonwick and Callum Clague scored seven tries between them at Vagas and Nomads will need some hard graft to contain them.

With no game last week, it’s difficult to predict what Nomads may look like but with players like Orry Watterson, Ross Mann, Django Kinley and Ethan McNaught on the roster, they should be competitive.

Western Vikings make debut in Ravenscroft Manx Bowl

The Peel men had a week off last Saturday and make their debut in the competition this weekend with a home fixture against Castletown.

Town lost their opener against Emerging Nomads last week and will need to regroup for a trip to Peel which is always a tough place to pick up points. Harry Goodwin is a big player for Vikings and he looked in great touch in the last of the pre-season warm-ups.

After only one game, the two teams at the top of the table, Emerging Nomads and Ramsey B, lock horns at the Mooragh in a doubleheader in the north.

Andy Lean bagged three for Nomads last weekend and will enjoy the space at the Mooragh, but Ramsey’s hat-trick man Ali Trace won’t be available so skipper Neil Hulme will have to look elsewhere for a strike runner.

Mikey Craine looked impressive with the ball in hand against Vagabonds so he may be the man charged with doing the scoring.

Fixtures for Saturday, October 9:

Women’s NC 1 North West

Leigh v Vagabonds @ Leigh

Ravenscroft Manx Trophy

Douglas Celts v Vagabonds

@ Port-e-Chee ko 2.15pm

Ramsey v PDMS Southern Nomads

@ Mooragh Park ko 3pm

Ravenscroft Manx Bowl

Western Vikings v Castletown

@ QEII School ko 2.15pm

Ramsey B v Emerging Nomads

@ Mooragh Park ko 1pm

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