Guise puts faith in team

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA: Papua New Guinea’s rugby sevens coach, Douglas Guise is putting his faith in his players as they gear up for battle in the Commonwealth Games this Saturday.

He believes the team can make a top eight finish this weekend and is confident they can put a lot of pressure on their opponents.

Guise said the team had a “flat start” in Hong Kong due to a bout of malaria among the players prior to their game but they have recovered well and are looking forward to the matches this weekend.

He was happy with the practice run they had this afternoon and happily reported that none of the players are carrying any injuries.

“The boys are quite excited to be here with the rest of Team PNG so that’s good to see,” Guise said.

Apart from one change to their squad from Hong Kong which sees Isaac Aquilla coming in for Arthur Clement, the team is intact and running well with one more day to go before they hit the rugby turf at Robina.

The PNG men will face Scotland in their first match, followed by South Africa and then Malaysia on Saturday.

PNG has played these three countries before on the word rugby sevens circuit with positive results and Guise is confident of repeating these feats again in the Gold Coast.

Guise said the strength of the team lies in their freedom of expression during training and competition.

“They play well when they are happy so I am confident that we will give our challengers a real push this weekend,” he said.

Guise hope for the Games is that take away with them the experience of the Games and not just the ‘pain and gain’ feeling of competition.


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