Punjab Warriors look to make amends against Ranchi Rhinos

The Rhinos are one team in this league that have invested a lot in the local talent. And it would be interesting to see how the local youth joins hands with some top national and international stars. The likes of Moritz Fuerste, Ashley Jackson, Austin Smith, Francisco Cortes would have the responsibility on their shoulders to guide the local talent.

Having suffered a defeat in their opening game of the Hero Hockey India League, Jaypee Punjab Warriors would look to get their act together when they take on Ranchi Rhinos here today.

Warriors fought well against Delhi Waveriders on Monday, but their forward-line failed to create enough goal-scoring opportunities, and that is something that the team think tank would be looking at. The likes of SV Sunil, Shivendra Singh would have to play a more attacking hockey, if the Warriors want to do better in the upcoming games. Warriors skipper Jamie Dwyer admitted after Monday's game that the team needed to combine a bit better. "We didn't start the game well. I think, as a team, we still need to combine a bit better. Hopefully, we would start doing that in the next few games," the Aussie had said. Although Warriors lost the match, there was one outstanding performer on their side -- goalkeeper Jaap Stockmann of Netherlands. Stockmann easily made at least half a dozen saves that kept Warriors in the hunt till the end against the Waveriders. Warriors would hope to see a similar performance from the Dutchman, easily one of the top goalkeepers in this league. On the other hand, Ranchi Rhinos would be hoping to get their HIL campaign off to a good start in an away game. The Rhinos are one team in this league that have invested a lot in the local talent. And it would be interesting to see how the local youth joins hands with some top national and international stars. The likes of Moritz Fuerste, Ashley Jackson, Austin Smith, Francisco Cortes would have the responsibility on their shoulders to guide the local talent. Then they have the young exciting player in Birendra Lakra.

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