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Director of Rugby is pleased with campaign’s work from Highland this season

By Andrew Henderson

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Director of rugby Brian Bell believes Highland Rugby Club have ticked a lot of boxes over the 2021/22 season.

Highland's match against Biggar tomorrow is off.
Highland's match against Biggar tomorrow is off.

The campaign is not yet over at Canal Park, but the Raptors play their final game tomorrow, the first team are mathematically out of promotion contention and the third team only have three matches left – with the potential for dead rubbers.

At first many were happy to just be back playing rugby after the pandemic cancelled last season, so with measures still being in place Bell is pleased with how the season has gone.

“Over the piece, given that Covid has impacted a number of games and we’re always having to train in bubbles to prevent Covid spreading, I think we’re doing really well,” said Bell.

“As a club across the board I think we’re quite happy with where we are in the leagues.

“The 2nds have a game on Saturday against Aberdeen Grammar where they can win their league, and our third team are near the top of their league in their very first season of competing.

“Across the board we’re very content with where we are. The club has played a lot of really good rugby, so when we sit back and reflect I think we’ll have ticked a good number of boxes.”

Highland’s first team had been due to travel to Biggar in National One tomorrow afternoon, but the game has been postponed due to Covid cases in the South Lanarkshire side’s camp.

It means another new date will be needed after the match was already called-off last October when, on that occasion, Highland reported Covid cases and had to shut the club down temporarily.

It would have been the second time in as many weeks the two sides faced off after Highland lost 17–0, but Bell was upbeat about that display, saying: “We were certainly disappointed, but not disheartened by it.

“We were just a bit slow-starting again, and didn’t finish off a couple of potential tries at important times, but we were generally well matched with them.”

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