DURHAM WILDCATS and Glasgow Rocks will both be fighting for a return to form when they meet at Newton Aycliffe on Sunday.

Following inconsistent starts to the season, both play-off contenders had won each of their last two games before defeats at the weekend.

Wildcats were beaten by Manchester Giants while Rocks were edged by Cheshire Phoenix.

But Wildcats’ influential guard Ralph Bucci feels his team have coped well during a disjointed start to the season and are now aiming to build on that.

“It was a tough game for us this past weekend but overall we have had a good start to the season considering the issues we have had with injuries,” said Bucci.

“The main thing we need to work on is our concentration for the full 40 minutes and consistency.”

A consistently high level of performance against fellow teams in the Play-off hunt was the key to Wildcats’ first post-season appearance last term, as they qualified ahead of Rocks by virtue of a superior head-to-head record.

That will no doubt be in the minds of the teams when they go at it on Sunday.

However, according to Bucci, all focus must be on that game alone, particularly given the way Great Britain international Kieron Achara has improved the Rocks, since signing up earlier this month.

Bucci added: “Each game with Play-off contenders are vital and must-win.

“We learned last season how important the tie-breakers are at the end of season because that’s how we made the Play-offs.

“We expect Glasgow to be very prepared and with a lot of different scoring options. Plus, with the addition of Kieron, they have one a big guy that can influence every game.”