The National, Friday June 21st, 2013
By ELIZABETH VUVU
THE Agmark Gurias will not be taking lightly this weekend’s game against the Stop N Shop Port Moresby Vipers, coach Michael Marum says.
Admitting it will be a tough encounter, Marum pointed out the teams were the only two top five sides that will be playing each other this weekend at Kalabond oval dubbed “the graveyard”.
Both sides are coming off losses last weekend in Mendi – Gurias to Muruks and Vipers to the Wigmen.
Marum said yesterday there were a few key areas that his side did not make the grade in Mendi last week.
“Despite the late travel up to Mendi, the boys tried their best but ended up with incomplete sets. Overall the team did not tackle and attack effectively,” he said.
He said these were the main areas they were working hard to improve on during their training sessions this week.
Without pointing fingers at any particular play maker, Marum expects his team to play their defence and attack well this weekend.
Marum said Sunday’s game would be a tough one.
“Vipers have a wealth of experience with most of its players in the Kumuls side so we will be playing hard this weekend.”
Rodney Pora returned and joined the team yesterday (Thursday).
Marum said the Gurias had a number of injuries, which was having an impact on their overall performance.
“A few of our players are down with injuries from last weekend including Kumuls fullback Albert Patak and Chris Jerry with knee injuries. These two will not play on Sunday.
“We have lost 8 to 10 of our players due to disciplinary actions so we have gone back to our young boys from the local competition,” Marum said.
Gurias are sitting on fourth place on the points table and the Vipers a place behind.