Beasts of East ready for killer clash

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:32 AM ET

Montreal Alouettes head coach Don Matthews was asked yesterday which part of the new-look Winnipeg Blue Bombers scared him the most.

"They all scare me," he said with his tongue planted firmly in his cheek. "I had to get a whip to get my guys out of the bus."

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There's nothing like the revival of a heated rivalry when it's already hot outside, as tonight's clash between the Bombers and Alouettes looks like it should be a dandy.

It's for first place in the East Division, both teams are riding three-game winning streaks, the players are a little miffed at each other after their season-opening meeting, and their defences are ranked first and second in the league, with the Bombers holding the edge.

Alouettes head coach Don Matthews doesn't give a hoot about first place at this time of year, but he would like to see his offence get its engine revving a bit faster than it has been through three games.

The Bombers, meanwhile, are humming relatively well in all departments.

Defensive backs Kelly Malveaux and Anthony Malbrough have been solid additions to the secondary and will be asked to contain dangerous Alouette slotbacks Ben Cahoon and Thyron Anderson.

Running back Charles Roberts leads the league in rushing, and slotback Milt Stegall is second in receiving. The defensive line, meanwhile, is giving up an unbelievable average of 30.5 rushing yards per game.

When asked for a comment about what his former offensive co-ordinator -- Bombers head coach Doug Berry -- has done for Winnipeg, Matthews put the spotlight back on himself.

"It's fun to have Doug Berry come from our staff and have the success he's having, because whenever that happens it's a compliment to where he just came from, whether it's here or somewhere else," said Matthews. "So we're delighted with Doug's success."

Yep, this rivalry is cooking once again.

Enjoy.


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