Thursday 22 August 2019

Wilkinson has his eye on top flight

Buccaneers head coach and former Connacht prop Brett Wilkinson
Buccaneers head coach and former Connacht prop Brett Wilkinson

Daragh Small

Buccaneers head coach and former Connacht prop Brett Wilkinson says his side are on track for promotion from Division 1B of the Ulster Bank League, ahead of their clash with Trinity at Dubarry Park tomorrow (2.30).

Wilkinson took over at the start of the season, his first AIL coaching post, and has been joined in the management team by former Connacht teammate Danie Poolman and ex-Corinthians stalwart Darren Classens.

The Pirates are fifth after seven games, with three wins and four losses - six points behind Trinity in the standings.

Buccaneers received a walkover from Sligo in the semi-final of the Connacht Senior Cup last week, so they have not played since they lost 15-14 at home to Ballymena on November 7.

"Trinity are a young team, they move the ball around, play at high tempo and are well organised. We are aware of that, and have to be on our game," said Wilkinson.

"But we are building and learning along the way. The next few games are vital. We need to win with the way the league is.

"If you come up with two or three wins it puts you right up at the top of the table.

"At times we have played some good rugby this season, but we have also had some disappointing results. It really is a learning game, but I'm confident we can kick on for he rest of the season."

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Elsewhere, in Division 1A, Galwegians host Ballynahinch at Crowley Park as they seek a third league win of the season that will push them closer to safety.

In Division 2A, ninth-placed Corinthians welcome UCC to Corinthian Park, while Sligo take on Bruff at Kilballyowen Park in the bottom tier.

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