It’s been a difficult couple of weeks for the lads at Stornoway Rugby Club.
Availability is causing real problems for coach Angus Mackay in what has been the story of their season but those that have made recent trips, suffering heavy defeats, have done so with great commitment which had been noticed by the sides they have played.
This week they are on the road again, travelling to Invergorden to play a Ross Sutherland side that are on the rise.
Stornoway were victors when the sides met at Bayhead earlier in the season, securing a bonus point with a 22-0 win.
“I don’t see it going that way this time round,” said coach Mackay but he feels that the Islanders could be competitive if they get the right team together.
“We are pretty strong up front but struggling massively with number in the backs. It’s not beyond the guys to pull this out of the bag but it’s going to be extremely difficult.”
Stornoway are half way through a brutal run of away matches, with three out of their next four games being in Aberdeen.
“Mother Nature hasn’t been too kind to us lately with a lot of call offs because of the weather and ferry issues,” he added, “but the guys have really pulled together and we just have to get in with it.”