Guyana and the USA South Panthers are set to clash in a thrilling Rugby America’s North (RAN) 15’s Championship final today at the National Park.
After winning their respective North and South Zone titles, both outfits are confident of a positive outcome of the match which kicks off at 14:00hrs.
The ‘Green Machine’, led by Captain, Ryan Gonsalves is ready to transform into robot mode and defend home turf.
“Playing at home with the support that we get from the fans is always to our advantage,” said Gonsalves recently. “These guys look forward to playing at home, we are not worried about USA but sticking to our game plan and performing on the day.”
The last time the two sides met (2014), Guyana won a 30-27 thriller in triple overtime after trailing for most of the game.
The visitors who will be playing in the 592 for the first time, will be hunting revenge.
Said Head Coach, Rene Daniel yesterday “The last time we played Guyana, they came out on top so absolutely we are aiming to return the favour. We have a pretty good team, pretty athletic, Guyana has good athletes no question about it but I am pleased with my team and I will be looking forward to a victory.”
Daniel then reminded that the red and white clad ruggers which won the title in 2013, is diverse with 17 different teams represented and will be led by Captain, Hein Erasmus.
Regular standouts, Zach Miller and Matt Hughston will add stability to the back and packs respectively.
Panthers squad reads: Channel, Alex Nazon, Amro Gouda, Calvin Storey, Charlie Hutchings, Colton Cariaga, Cormac Keenan, David Coleman, Erasmus (c), Jamal Hadley, Jarrett Gartin, John Bryant, Jordana Gunderson, Matt Fontana, Hughston, Miller, Mikey Sanders, Nathan Ring, Trey Eason, Shawn Riley, Stephen Cappello, Todd Sherrer and Wayne Chermely.
Guyana’s squad reads: Jason Tyrell, Rickford Cummings, Gonsalves (c), Rondell McArthur, Dwayne Schroeder, Kevon David, Jamal Angus, Richard Staglon, Vallon Adams, Peabo Hamilton, Avery Corbin, Godfrey Broomes, Claudius Butts, Patrick King, Lancelot Adonis, Cyon Kitt, Ahmed Isaacs, Toby David, Osei McKenzie, Ronald Mayers, Cloyd Prowell, Dillon Downer and Allen Crawford.