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Testing times for high-flying Jets

CHESTER Jets face the biggest weekend of the season with a list of injury and illness worries.

CHESTER Jets face the biggest weekend of the season with a list of injury and illness worries.

The only club in the British League with a 100% record, Jets go to Leicester Riders (7.30) to defend their top spot in the Northern Conference tomorrow, and on Sunday they head for the Midlands again to meet Newcastle Eagles in the quarter-finals of the National Cup at the Skydrome Arena in Coventry (4.30).

Head coach Robbie Peers took the unusual step of cancelling a training session on Tuesday following outstanding results at Newcastle and at home to Derby Storm, with John McCord and Calvin Davis suffering from flu, Pero Cameron and John Thomas under treatment for calf injuries and James Hamilton nursing a lower back problem.

But he remains optimistic that he will be able to call on them all for what he describes as 'a huge weekend' for the club. 'Last season we lost five times to teams we had already beaten, so it will be a big test for us against Leicester and Newcastle so soon after beating both of them this season,' he said.

'I was very pleased with our performance at Newcastle last Saturday, but they were without their best player, Malcolm Leak, who will be back this weekend. We were exceptional against Derby on Sunday and made them look poor.

'But we can get even better than that. We are looking for consistency and we will see what we are made of this weekend. Can we sustain it mentally and physically?'

Leicester also had a successful weekend, beating Milton Keynes at home and then defeating Sheffield Sharks away, performances which impressed Peers.

'They will be on a high,' he predicted.

* The National Cup quarter-finals start with Milton Keynes v Thames Valley at 1.45pm, followed by Chester v Newcastle at 4.30, Leicester v Sheffield at 6.15 and Birmingham Bullets v Edinburgh at 8.30pm.

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