OMAGH Academicals 1st XV aim to knock the Coleraine juggernaut off track this weekend when the sides lock horns in the semi-final of the MIllar McCall Wylie Junior Cup.
The Bannsiders are currently flying high in Kukri Ulster Rugby Championship Two having won all six of their opening matches.
In steamrolling the opposition the Rugby Avenue outfit has racked up some hugely impressive scores including a 93-7 victory over UUC early in the season and last Saturday Richard Boyd’s in-form outfit side put 70 points on Larne without reply.
Coleraine recruited heavily in the close season with the ambition of joining Omagh in Championship One ranks and so far that policy has reaped rich reward.
They will arrive at Coneywarren brimming with confidence having also accounted for Championship One opponents Ballyclare in an earlier round of the Junior Cup.
Omagh coach Phil Marshall in acknowledging Coleraine’s sensational start to the season is planning an ambush for the Co Derry visitors.
“Coleraine have brought in a lot of players, some with senior experience, to add a backbone to their team. That is obviously working extremely well for them,” said Marshall.
“They are determined to get into the top flight. They are a quality team and I’m in no doubt about the battle that lies ahead for us.
“But I’m happy we can match them. They might be beating everyone around them but they haven’t met us.
“It’ll be a huge battle up front but we experience that every week. We are well used to that. We have managed so far in our own league so I don’t see that Saturday will be any different.
“They have quality backs out wide with pace to burn, pretty similar to ourselves actually. It’s going to be a titanic battle but I believe we are better.”
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