Jaypee Punjab Warriors and Ranchi Rhinos face each other in Ranchi today
With Jaypee Punjab Warriors eyeing the top position on the points table, Ranchi Rhinos will look at getting even with the former
Ranchi, 19 February 2014: Jaypee Punjab Warriors and Ranchi Rhinos face each other yet again today in the last match of the Pool round for Hero Hockey India League. Both the teams faced each other in Mohali on Sunday where Jaypee Punjab Warriors had a convincing win against the Defending Champions. While Jaypee Punjab Warriors will be looking at continuing its winning form and aiming at the top slot on the points table, Ranchi Rhinos will be looking at winning its last match before entering the semi-final stage.
While Jaypee Punjab Warriors has to its credit of some convincing wins in the 9 matches that it has played, Ranchi Rhinos is yet to come into its winning form. While the later did have some good outings in the initial phase of the League but have somehow lost momentum in the last few matches and this is because of some key players sitting out because of injuries. While some days were bad for Ranchi Rhinos they still know that they need one match to make a come-back and start winning again.
With 7 goals in his kitty, Sandeep Singh will want to continue his goal scoring feat and yet again be the highest goal scorer for the League. While Kalinga Lancers, Gonzalo Peillat is presently leading the tally with 8 goals, it will not be long before Sandeep Singh will aim to surpass the same and would definitely aim to do it today against the Defending Champions.
With 4 wins in the 9 matches that it has played, the holders will want to end the pool phase with another win and go to the next level with 5 wins to its credit. The job for them is cut out and the mandate is clear – win every match from here.
Speaking on the preparations for the match Head Coach Gregg Clark, Ranchi Rhinos said, “The team is all geared up to meet the Warriors today. While our last game against them was very close, the team is ready to take them on again today and we are focused in our approach. In our last game against them the team played well in the first half but somehow lost the momentum in the second half which in a way costs us the game. Presently the team is not playing with its full strength, which in a way has affected our performance on the field. We are feeling the absence of some key players who have to sit out because of injuries. We are hoping they will be back in the squad for the crucial phase of the League.”
Speaking on team and expectations Head Coach of Jaypee Punjab Warriors, Barry Dancer said, “This will be our second game against Ranchi Rhinos and this time it will be on their home ground. In our last game they played well in the first half and we have to remember that they played without their key players in the squad. We are looking forward to great game today and that too in front of a great crowd who loves the game and which they showcase it with their presence and support.”