Staglon confident of win against Jamaica

National rugby skipper, Richard Staglon yesterday had no doubt that Guyana is heading for another victory in their Rugby America’s North (RAN) 15s matchup tomorrow against Jamaica at the National Park.

Speaking at a press briefing at Olympic House, the talismanic Staglon said that despite the recent inclement weather, his charges are ready to rain on Jamaica’s parade and extend their winning streak in the tournament to two games after thrashing Barbados 48-17 in the season opener here last month

.“This team has proved time and again that we can surpass any hurdle in front of us.”

Staglon added “Our preparations have been hampered somewhat by the rainy weather, but we are not using that as an excuse for not being prepared. The guys have been coming out and we’ve been able to have the uses of the Camptown ground and the beach facility behind the Marriott Hotel.”

Captains Richard Staglon and Hubert Thomas (centre) embrace in the presence of President of the GRFU, Peter Green (right), Jamaica Manager Tezra Sannister (3rd left) and members of Guyana’s squad yesterday at Olympic House. (Orlando Charles photo)
Captains Richard Staglon and Hubert Thomas (centre) embrace in the presence of President of the GRFU, Peter Green (right), Jamaica Manager Tezra Sannister (3rd left) and members of Guyana’s squad yesterday at Olympic House. (Orlando Charles photo)

Staglon’s squad include three faces with Claudius Butts, Ceon Kitt and Toby David replacing Jacques Archibald, Ryan Dey and Keifer Lopez but the plan to mirror last month’s winning result remains the same.

Meanwhile, president of the Guyana Rugby Football Union, (GRFU), Peter Green, welcomed the ruggers from the Land of Wood and Water, but cautioned that the local outfit dubbed the ‘Green Machine’ is ready to transform into robot mode and pull out the win.

Nonetheless, Jamaica’s manager, Tezra Sannister and captain, Hubert Thomas expressed confidence at winning in Team Guyana’s backyard.

Sannister admitted that Guyana is a well-oiled machine and are more dangerous at home but was unfazed, stating that “it’s like going up against any other team on their home turf.”

Said Thomas “We’ve seen a few clips of them, we know they are very good, but I feel that we have a good team as well.”

Kick off time is 16:00hrs.  (Emmerson Campbell)

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