Rain changes Rainbow Warriors preparations in Sydney

Rain changes Rainbow Warriors preparations in Sydney

SYDNEY, Australia (HawaiiNewsNow) - As the week in Sydney wears on, the focus for the Rainbow Warriors begins to shift.  The Down Under distractions become fewer as the game gets closer, starting with their final practice before Saturday's game.

Heavy rains in Sydney on Wednesday moved Hawaii's Thursday workout to the Olympic Field Hockey Stadium.  The surface in ANZ Stadium might not be ready for football, but the Rainbow Warriors are.

"I think they're all ready to go. I think we're ready to go. Good focus today," said head coach Nick Rolovich.  "I asked them to go through and visualize the game. I think we've done everything we can do as far as preparation. We just have to go in and play hard."

Grounds crews at ANZ Stadium have been working hard to prepare the surface for Saturday's game.  Practices inside the stadium today were moved to avoid doing any damage to the playing surface.

"As you can understand, there's a lot of players in their group," said ANZ Stadium grounds curator Graeme Logan.  "We felt with the conditions that we didn't want to carve it up today, we'd rather keep it pristine."

Crews worked on the surface into the night, using heat lamps to help dry the field, before picking up again earlier this morning.  They still need to convert the surface from rugby to football, but Logan is sure the field will be ready for the Rainbows come Saturday.

"If it can hold the All Blacks and the Wallaby scrums, it'll hold this round of 300 plus guys that will run on it."

The 'Bows will hold team meetings here in Sydney tonight before going through their final walk-through early tomorrow morning.

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