By Rawle Welch
Another excellent opportunity will present itself in another two days when regional powerhouse Guyana takes on Trinidad and Tobago for a place in the final of the Northern Zone of the NACRA Rugby World Cup Qualifiers, at the National Stadium.
Since 2005, Guyana has enjoyed a narrow two wins against a solitary defeat against the Trinidadians, but more importantly, Guyanese teams have also registered some important victories over their
CARICOM neighbours and in the process really brought heartbreak to an entire nation with September 11, 2011, amongst the most celebrated of them.
The two nations have been engaged in some fierce battles in the sports arena for a number of years including cricket, football, table tennis and Squash among others and Guyanese athletes have always given a good account of themselves.
This Saturday’s clash for a final berth is anticipated to be no different from previous encounters with the Trinidadians already announcing that they’ve prepared like never before while the Guyanese have recalled most of their stars that ironically plays in the Twin Island Republic.
In their respective opening matches against Barbados, the Trinis produced an efficient performance to trounce their Caribbean counterpart, while Guyana barely scrambled a draw.
In the game against Barbados, the Guyanese were without some of their stars like Richard Staglon, Ronald Mayers and Claudius Butts for personal reasons and injury in one case, but they’ve since been recalled thereby boosting the strength of the locals for their important encounter against the Trinidadians, who from all reports have revenge on their minds for the loss last year to the reigning Sevens champions of NACRA.
Guyana will be at home and if they show the usual determination and calmness of the past coupled with the vociferous home support that they normally take pleasure in, the visitors will once again struggle to get past a team that has taken pleasure in beating them recently.
Players such as Staglon, Mayers and Butts are the lynchpin of the Guyana squad and they possess vast experience playing at the international level and their calming influence in addition to their exceptional ability and speed, a striking feature of most Guyana teams, will be critical components for victory.
The locals looked quite relaxed and confident ahead of the looming fixture and some members were even seen having a night out at the recently concluded Indoor Hockey Tournament.
Just like they did when the Golden Jaguars played the Soca Warriors and defeated them for a place in the third round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, all Guyana is being urged to come out and support the national ruggers as they attempt to reach the final once again.
Trinidad and Tobago was the victim last year and with overwhelming home support, they could very well be condemned to the same fate.
The call has been made to come out Guyana and pack the National Stadium in support of the multiple-times regional champions.
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