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Malpass ready for big Leopards test

15:00 25 April 2014

Kris Clark attacks the basket for Leopards (pic: Paul Phillips)

Kris Clark attacks the basket for Leopards (pic: Paul Phillips)

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Assistant coach to call semi-final shots

As he prepares to coach the biggest game of his life, Leopards assistant coach Roger Malpass is looking forward to the challenge of Saturday’s play-off semi-final against Leeds Carnegie.

Malpass will be calling the shots at the Amaechi Centre tomorrow (Saturday) after coach Robert Youngblood received a one-game ban following his ejection against Team Northumbria, and is excited about the prospect.

He said: “I’m looking forward to coaching the semi-final. It will be tough without Robert there, but not an insurmountable problem.

“There’s plenty of experience on the bench and Ronnie Baker will be there to assist.

“It will be a tough game, they are well coached, well drilled, energetic and athletic. We will need to perform to a good level to overcome them.

“They are really up for it; I saw that at their quarter-final at Hemel. They made a flying start and denied Hemel the opportunity to get a foothold in the game. We must be wary of that.

“We played them recently and overcame them in a close match, I expect a similar game this weekend. Russell Permenter has given them an additional dimension, and with [Jack] Stannard and [Josh] McGinn they control the tempo well and their additional outside shooting strength gives them plenty of options.

“I believe we have sufficient strength in depth to cause them serious problems, we have a good attitude at present and a strong will to win.

“To lift the trophy on Sunday would be a fitting farewell present to our outgoing chairman Fred Dicker as a thank you for the ten years of unwavering commitment to this organisation, and we’ll be doing all we can to deliver that.”

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