Days away from the inaugural 2016 Export Rugby Championship grand final, the Morobe Hammerheads are preparing for what will be their biggest game yet in provincial rugby.
Going into the inaugural Export Rugby Championship with a blend of old and new talent, the Morobe Hammerheads have certainly grown over the course of the competition, proving they are worthy contenders for this year’s championship.
“We haven’t had much time to prepare, with our fifteens competition finishing just before the Export Rugby Championships, but moving forward we have been working on our combinations,” said captain, Clifford Vali.
Going up against New Guinea Island rugby heavyweights, the East New Britain Kaias, in the semi-finals last weekend provided a challenge for the Hammerheads, who were tested by the sevens players in the backline, for their speed and endurance.
This is, no doubt, something they will face again this weekend via their opponents, the Boromas.
“They had their Kaias Sevens boys in the backline, who were very fast, so that is what we picked up from the game. I haven’t watched any of the Boromas players, but one of our focus is also, on our scrums,” said Vali.
But as the Hammerheads prepare for the Port Moresby-Lae derby Vali says there is one thing they aim to maintain throughout the entire 80 minutes: “we will go into the game trusting the man beside us. We will face them, no matter how big they are, or their size.”
The Hammerheads take on the CRU Boromas at 3.15pm on Sunday, August 14 at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium.
The grand final will also be telecast live and free-to-air on EMTV.