S’wak Headhunters rugby team takes on Rhinos RFC today
Posted on June 9, 2012, Saturday
KUCHING: The Sarawak Headhunters XV are eager to take on the visiting Rhinos RFC in their international friendly to be held at Song Kheng Hai grounds this afternoon.
Team coach Michael Ting said the 25-member Sarawak selection side have been training for two sessions daily since Wednesday as part of their preparation for the explosive match.
“Yes, we are ready for the challenge…this is the first international friendly for our team whose players are from Kuching, Sibu, Miri and Bintulu,” Ting said on the team’s anticipation for today’s match.
Expecting a tough game against the Rhinos, he is however optimistic with the outcome even though the visitors are basically amateurs from clubs all over the world.
“It is like playing against a world team and I am a bit worried about the stamina of our players due to the short period of training,” said Ting while expressing concern on the physical aspect of the game whereby the local side are of much smaller built.
“By right we will try to outrun them and use the hot weather to our advantage and this will make it hard for them,” said Ting on part of the team’s strategy to secure at least a draw with the bigger size visitors.
“It will be good if we can get a draw but it wouldn’t be easy to do that as the Rhinos have won half and drawn half of the games they played over the 27 years in their tours,” he added.
“We are banking on the four Fijian players Timoci Bakanivesi (captain), Semisi Souabatua Vuniwawa, Iowane Souatabua Taukeislili and Esala Nadruku to make up for the lack of our physical aspect,” said Ting.
Other members of the Headhunters from Sibu are Anthony Ting, Eric Jugah Ah Inga, Hii Lu Kwong, Lai Kwok Hing, Ngu Yew Tek, Kwong Chik Wee and Wong Guan Kei.
The players from Miri are Jackson Andrew Ngang, Richard Chu Kam San, Mohd Fazhe Rosli and Imang Merang while those from Bintulu are Mark Jerry William Nagun, Hasnan Taha and Mohamad Junaidie Jumahat.
From Kuching, the players are Awang Ahmad Zuwairi, Shahrolnizam Suhai, Muhamad Adio Yusoff, Mohamad Azlan Borhan Mohd, Soffian Mohd Ibrahim, Hamizan Rosli and Kamaruddin Padin.