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Lovat look to put Premiership fate in own hands at Kingussie


By Will Clark

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Marc Maclachlan says Lovat are determined to put their Premiership title hopes in their own hands by winning at league leaders Kingussie tomorrow.

Lovat's Marc MacLachlan with Finlay Macrae (Kinlochshiel). Kinlochshiel v Lovat in the Artemis Macaulay Cup quarter final, played at Rearaig, Balmacara.
Lovat's Marc MacLachlan with Finlay Macrae (Kinlochshiel). Kinlochshiel v Lovat in the Artemis Macaulay Cup quarter final, played at Rearaig, Balmacara.

The Kiltarlity outfit are nine points behind Kingussie in the title race, but have four games in hand.

Victory at The Dell tomorrow would put their title fate back in their own hands.

But Maclachan (30) says if they lose tomorrow, it would put Kingussie firmly in the driving seat to retain their title, despite only being at the halfway point of the campaign.

“It doesn’t get much bigger than going down to The Dell,” said Maclachlan.

“We want to keep our momentum going and they want to keep their 100 per cent record.

“This is what we play shinty for, if you can’t get excited for this, then you shouldn’t be playing the game.

“This is the most important game so far this season.

“If Kingussie win, they will have one hand on the trophy and it will be tough to close down that points gap.

“If we win, we put the pressure back on and we have the games in hand to catch them.

“Both teams will be nervous not wanting to lose but wanting to win.”

Lovat have only lost once this season, losing 4–2 to Kingussie in the MacTavish Cup semi final.

Maclachlan says his team underperformed in that match and are looking to prove a point at The Dell.

“We have only lost once this season and that was to Kingussie in the MacTavish Cup,” he stressed.

“We played badly for 30 minutes and they crucified us.
“We are looking to right a wrong on Saturday.

“We are looking to do ourselves justice, but they did win the MacTavish Cup and proved they can win games every week. They are the best team just now and I won’t argue with that.

“But we are knocking at the door to put ourselves in that bracket.

“We have to prove to everyone on Saturday that we are a top team by winning the match.”

Lovat are still missing the influential figures of Lorne Mackay and Callum Cruden.


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