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Wildcats looking for strong finish to season

By Andrew Dixon

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Head coach Brian MacRae is targeting back-to-back wins, starting on Sunday at bottom of the table Carlisle Border Reivers.

He has demanded his men bounce back from their latest loss — 60-0 at league leaders West Coast Trojans — but is not taking the victory south of the border for granted.

“We beat Carlisle 66-0 when we played them in the first game of the season, but we have not won since which is very disappointing,” said MacRae.

“We have been close to beating teams and this is our chance to taste victory again.

“We know Carlisle will see this as an opportunity for them to win, so we have to go there and be professional and do our jobs well, so that we can be full of confidence when we host Glasgow Tigers in our last game of the season.”

The Inverness-based team, who were without several first-team regulars including 2010 player of the season James Pyke for the trip to Glasgow, are aiming for glory despite falling to their second heaviest loss of the campaign at Scotstoun Stadium against the unbeaten Trojans.

The Wildcats defense put up a valiant display with rookie Ciaran Boyd recovering two fumbles, Andrew Pyke getting an interception and Norbert Ferenc, Billy Mill, Mats Kraft and Andy Dixon all successfully sacking the home side’s quarterback.

Offensively, Highland quarterback Roddy Ross rallied after throwing two costly interceptions to find receivers Neil Porter, Ewan Straiton and James Hudson.

The visitor’s almost penetrated the Trojan’s defense, which has conceded only 12 points in seven games, but Martin Devlin’s attempted field goal was blocked.

Defensive and offensive lines battled tirelessly against their superior opponents, who took another step towards promotion.

“Despite the scoreline, we played hard to the bitter end when it would have been easier to give up and for that, the guys deserve some credit,” said MacRae.

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