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The Glendale Raptors enter this weekend's Pacific Rugby Premiership game in 1st place, but without top players Zach Fenoglio and Chad London, who are away at the USA camp.
But Glendale is still at home, and playing 1-4 Olympic Club, and will
certainly be favored regardless.
"As a team we have set ourselves some goals, and one of them is to have a clean slate at home," said Glendale Head Coach Andre Snyman. "The start of the season wasn't easy because we didn't have a perfect preseason with all the weather, and then we started with four games away. But the guys have responded. They came to me and asked for an extra training session each week and that extra session has been really good - it does make a difference."
Playing without London, who was excellent in the backs for Glendale in their 58-30 win over OMBAC, and Fenoglio, who was man of the match at hooker, won't be easy. Snyman said both players lead by example, but he added this is just an opportunity for someone else to move up.
"We have a good squad and the guys are working hard - all of them," he said. "Olympic Club is a good team playing some good rugby. They had a slow start but you can't take that for granted. We know we could play better on defense, and we have to deal with players not being there. So it won't be easy."
For Olympic Club, they will want to punish Glendale penalties early. Both teams have very solid goalkickers in Keegan Engelbrecht for Olympic and Mike Graham for Glendale.
Engelbrecht said earlier this week that Olympic is improving.
"This is what we wanted - a highly-competitive league," he told RUGBYMag.com. "We knew that would mean things might be tough at times. But we know we've got the talent and the ability to do well."