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McIntosh rallies Ponty for big clash with Leinster.

PONTYPRIDD coach Dale McIntosh has sent out a rallying cry to his squad as they prepare to take on Irish giants Leinster at Sardis Road today.

Having drawn their first British and Irish Cup pool tie away at Jersey on Saturday, McIntosh knows that an improvement in performance is needed to compete against one of the tournament favourites.

Leinster A recorded a comprehensive home win over Leeds Carnegie in their first pool outing.

"We were unable to express ourselves or play to our full potential in Jersey" said McIntosh "But we will take that on the chin and move on. We are still very much alive in this competition.

"Taking on Leinster A who have a strong squad and a call on players with European and international experience will be a real test of character for us.

"We are confident in our own ability and have faith in each other as a squad. If we play our A game then we will be hard to beat."

McIntosh's call extends beyond the playing squad to the massed ranks of Ponty supporters.

He added: "Once more we had a phenomenal following out in Jersey, our supporters were there in droves. We hope that there will be a big turnout to watch a top class fixture at Sardis Road.

"The atmosphere at our stadium can give us that lift, that extra five per cent on our performance that could make all the difference in going for the win."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 20, 2012
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