Coach says he expects good game from locals

Part of the national rugby outfit posed for a Stabroek Sport photo prior to departure yesterday.

-Guyana/Barbados rugby clash

Coach Clinton Clarke and nine of the 23 players from the national rugby team departed on the first flight yesterday for Barbados ahead of their NACRA 15s clash with the host on Saturday at the Garrison Savannah.

The manager, John Lewis, physiotherapist, Barrington Browne and the remaining players will wing out on the second flight today.

Coach’s thoughts

Part of the national rugby outfit posed for a Stabroek Sport photo prior to departure yesterday.
Part of the national rugby outfit posed for a Stabroek Sport photo prior to departure yesterday.

Prior to departure to kick start this year’s campaign, Coach Clarke told Stabroek Sport that he “Expects a very good game from the local boys.”

“The guys are 90% ready to play, we want to get past Barbados then we want to get past Trinidad and look to bigger things.”

Clarke added “They were training hard for the last six weeks and all we are thinking of is a victory, we have two more practice sessions when the entire team lands on Barbados and by Saturday we will be 100% ready.”

Keys to victory

Clarke also noted that the Barbadian players are historically bigger than the locals. As a result, the game plan is to use crisp ball movement, speed and agility to their advantage. The coach also mentioned that timely tackles will be another key to victory.

Once Guyana defeats Barbados, the national team will then play last season’s Southern Zone winner’s Trinidad and Tobago in Guyana on June 17 in what will be a virtual final.

Roster

Ryan Gonsalves (Captain), Richard Staglon (Vice-Captain), Chris Singh, Ronald Mayers, Claudius Butts, Rondell McArthur, Rickford Cummings, Grantley Williams, Jason Tyrell, Dwayne Schroeder, Filon Thompson, Clive Powell, Avery Corbin, Theo Henry, Ryan Dey, Delroy Gordon, Terrence Daniels, Jamal Angus, Kevon David, Cyon Kitt, Carl Lewis and Leon Greaves.

The contingent is scheduled to return on Sunday.

 

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