Last-placed Rugby Union are desperate for match time

IF you know any rituals to make the rain go away this weekend then Rugby Union is the club in greatest need of your services.

Rainy weather over the past two weekends means the team sitting at the bottom of the Bathurst District Cricket Association first grade ladder has not had the opportunity to earn points.

RAIN BEGONE: Rugby Union captain Sam Macpherson and his side are craving some cricket this Saturday in their bid to get off the bottom of the ladder. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

RAIN BEGONE: Rugby Union captain Sam Macpherson and his side are craving some cricket this Saturday in their bid to get off the bottom of the ladder. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

The three lost Twenty20 fixtures to date have robbed Bulldogs the chance to get off the foot of the table but Rugby’s Jameel Qureshi said there’s no point being mad at the weather.

“We put ourselves in that position and we’ve got to deal with it. We just have to wait for the next opportunity and take it when it comes.”

Bulldogs will be eager to gain momentum heading into the solitary two-day match before the Christmas break.

Rugby’s opening game this Saturday, should it go ahead, will be against Bathurst City.

When the two teams met in the one-day series Bulldogs bagged their first win of the season.

However, reading too much into that result is dangerous.

“Redbacks have been the benchmark of this competition for the past few years and its no different this season,” Qureshi said.

“They’re probably the most professional club in the competition and that’s why they get the results. We have to show up for this one.

“Even though we won the one-day game they had more than half of their regular first grade side out and they still put up a really good fight.

“Twenty20 is a funny game. I think a lot of people put too much emphasis though on hitting 4s and 6s. That’s not all that wins games.

“It’s about doing a lot of the little things right, like running between the wickets and being quick in the field.”

Bulldogs and Redbacks face off at the same place they met almost a month ago, the Sportsground.

In the second of the day’s matches at 4pm Bulldogs jump across the road to play Centennials Bulls at Morse Park 2 and Redbacks will play competition leaders St Pat’s Old Boys.