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MANCHESTER DERBY Preview: Bolger heralds strong pre-season ahead of Manchester derby opener

Mancunians RL walk into the first competitive Manchester Rugby League derby in living memory this Saturday on the back of a strong pre-season and encouraging trial match against league-above Burtonwood Bridge.

Bolger in action against Burtonwood Bridge

Bolger in action against Burtonwood Bridge

Veteran Mancunians RL stand off Dom Bolger hopes the momentum gained over winter can be carried forward when his south Manchester side heads up the Kingsway to face recently established local rivals Manchester Rangers.

“Pre-season has been fantastic and a massive improvement on where we were last year.[We’ve been] getting good numbers every week from new and existing players who are improving all the time.

“We have gathered a really good squad who will be very competitive in this league this year and hopefully shock a few teams.”

Mancunians RL and Burtonwood Bridge supporting RL4Alex

Mancunians RL and Burtonwood Bridge supporting RL4Alex

Bolger’s Mancunians RL narrowly avoided collecting the North West Mens Division 4 wooden spoon last year, so it was a step into the unknown when they travelled west to Burtonwood for a joint training session and semi-contact match against the Division 3 side last Saturday. A risk that seems to have pulled off for Manchester Rugby cooperative side Mancunians RL.

“The game against Burtonwood had nothing but positives to take away from it. It was good to blow the cobwebs off for the existing players and beneficial to get some game time experience for the new lads.

“We got time to work on what we have been doing in training whilst in a game environment so it was overall a good hit out before we start the season on Saturday against Manchester Rangers.”

Coach Mark Brennan talks through tactics one final time ahead of kick off v Manchester Rangers.

Mancunians RL Head Coach Mark Brennan talks through tactics one final time ahead of kick off v Manchester Rangers.

The two Manchester sides met last year for a groundbreaking friendly in which the visiting Rangers walked away confident victors. But Bolger see the hard work put in by a considerably larger squad puts his Mancunians team in better stead to revenge the loss this Saturday.

“We have a really big pack this year so hopefully we can get on top of theirs and lay a platform to work on to get the 2 points and one over on the local rivals.

“I can’t wait to get the season started and underway.”

The MANCHESER DERBY: Manchester Rangers v Mancunians RL kicks off 2,30pm Saturday 1 March at Wright Robinson College, M18 8RL. Free entry and parking available.

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