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Krakens back in action but Caithness men's teams will miss out


By Iain Grant

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Caitlin Harvey fends off a tackle on her way to scoring a try during the Krakens' victory over Aberdeen Quines last month. Picture: James Gunn
Caitlin Harvey fends off a tackle on her way to scoring a try during the Krakens' victory over Aberdeen Quines last month. Picture: James Gunn

Caithness Krakens host Stornoway on Saturday morning in a club rugby programme which has been hit hard by the pandemic.

As Mike Flavell's team prepare for their first meeting with the islanders in the North Regional Women's League, the club's two men's teams will be kicking their heels after their matches were called off.

The Krakens trained on Tuesday despite horrendous weather as they bid to make it two wins in a row in their debut season following their memorable victory over Aberdeen Quines.

Coach Flavell said: "We trained last Sunday, then on Tuesday we did some running, but because of the conditions we then went inside and did some circuits.

"We have 17 or 18 just now but a couple of them are waiting for the results of PCR tests so we'll just have to wait and see how that goes."

The game kicks off at 10.30am.

Caithness Firsts and Seconds had planned a joint trip to Aberdeen but that was grounded on Tuesday because of the number of players self-isolating or awaiting PCR test results.

Head coach Ewen Boyd said: "We took the decision to cancel as we didn't have enough players to field one side, let alone two.

"Most of the coaching staff and a string of players are either self-isolating for 10 days because of a positive test or because a member of their household has tested positive."

The Firsts were due to play Aberdeen Wanderers and the Seconds were meant to be in action against Aberdeen University Medics.

Boyd said: "We'll be looking to organise some running this weekend for the players who are available to get the fitness up and build some momentum for our home match a week on Saturday versus Ellon."


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