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Strabane hoping to bounce back against Monaghan

ADRIAN Sweeney is hoping his Strabane RFC charges can bounce back in style today when they host second in the table Monaghan at Bradley Way.

Strabane suffered a disappointing 27-10 defeat at PSNI on Saturday past when they were, to some degree, the architects of their own downfall.

“We just made too many mistakes which went punished – kicking poorly and then the first up tackling on the kick chase wasn’t good enough,” Sweeney observed.

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However, while certain aspects of their display at Newforge were disappointing, the head coach felt there were more positives than negatives, which they can take forward.

“A lot of the aspects of our game showed really progress since the start of the season. We played some good rugby and fronted up well,” he added.

“The set piece was excellent and it was just frustrating because every time we had a good moment we followed it up with a bad moment.

“The scoreline doesn’t reflect what was a really good effort, but it was our own fault that they got their points. They didn’t make as many basic errors as we did, so you have to say well done to them for taking advantage.

“It’s just frustrating that there were really, really avoidable things in a good performance, took the game away from us.”

Looking ahead to today, Sweeney is under no doubts as to the difficulty they face, especially with several key players again being unavailable.

“We have a really tough game against Monaghan, so that’s a big game. It’s just a shame as we come into our toughest run of games against the police, Monaghan, Virginia and UUC, that we have a few injuries at the wrong time,” he said.

“But there were boys who played well [on Saturday], who I was impressed with and who might just have earned some game time further down the line.”

Kick-off at Bradley Way today is 2.30pm.

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