Guyana look­ing to fin­ish Amer­ica’s Rugby 15s Chal­lenge on a high

Stabroek News - - STABROEK SPORT - (Em­mer­son Camp­bell)

Guyana’s Rugby Cap­tain, Ryan Gon­salves and his men will be look­ing to fin­ish the Amer­ica’s Rugby 15s Chal­lenge on a high against Mex­ico to­mor­row.

Fol­low­ing heavy de­feats at the hands of the host, Colom­bia (71-7) and Paraguay (86-7), ‘The Green Ma­chine’ will be hop­ing for a change of for­tunes against the Mex­i­cans.

“We are work­ing to im­prove our all-round per­for­mance for the Mex­ico game. You don’t treat one game with more re­spect than the other, you re­spect ev­ery game, that’s why we talk about that ev­ery game, be­cause the next game is the big­gest one,” Gon­salves said yes­ter­day.

The na­tional cap­tain added, “The mood in the camp is a bit down and we all are ob­vi­ously very dis­ap­pointed with our per­for­mances in the last two games. How­ever, we are re­ally work­ing on our de­fen­sive align­ment and speed in mul­ti­ple de­fense phases.”

“Along, with our tac­ti­cal plan for this game, we never beat Mex­ico in 15s rugby. We last played them in the fi­nals in 2016 and fell short. So, this is a re­match. We had a good train­ing ses­sion today and all will be click­ing from the first whis­tle. We have to win this game and fin­ish on a high on this tour,” Gon­salves con­tin­ued.

The cap­tain fur­ther noted that play­ing against much higher cal­i­bre out­fits like Colom­bia and Paraguay was cer­tainly a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the 15s squad.

“We have cer­tainly learnt from play­ing at this high level against top flight sides. Colom­bia and Paraguay are well drilled sides who reg­u­larly play against top South Amer­ica sides, such as Ar­gentina, Chile and the list goes on.” He rea­soned, “We need to get more ex­po­sure at this level in 15s rugby in or­der to be more com­pet­i­tive and even win games. We will do well and win Caribbean games, but this level is tougher to just show up and play. Af­ter all, our last 15s in­ter­na­tional was over a year ago.”

Be­sides end­ing the for­get­table so­journ on a high, there is an­other in­cen­tive for de­feat­ing Mex­ico when ac­tion kicks off at 15:00hrs. The loser of the Guyana/Mex­ico match will have to play the Cay­man Is­lands at home in an elim­i­na­tor to de­ter­mine the sec­ond Rugby Americas North (RAN) team for 2019 Americas Rugby Chal­lenge.

“We are ready even though we have a few in­juries in the camp, we will do our best to pull this one off,” the de­ter­mined Guyana rugby cap­tain con­cluded.

Guyana’s Cap­tain, Ryan Gon­salves and his men will be play­ing for pride and will look to fin­ish the Amer­ica’s Rugby 15s Chal­lenge on a high against Mex­ico to­mor­row. Fol­low­ing heavy de­feats at the hands of host, Colom­bia (71-7) and Paraguay (86-7) ‘The Green Ma­chine’ will be hop­ing for a change of for­tunes.

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