The National, Tuesday February 25th, 2014
THE Agmark Gurias were given a taste of their own rugby league medicine by a strong Canterbury Bulldogs New South Wales Cup team at Belmore Park on Saturday.
The Gurias basically had no chance to settle in as the second tier Bulldogs outfit opened up a 34-8 half-time lead, and basically went for broke in their 66-14 belting.
For newly promoted coach Oscar Tonga, it would been a huge eye-opener and in turn would have picked up a lot of new ideas for the East New Britain Digicel Cup franchise to build on in the coming season.
The NSW Cup competition is the feeder competition that caters for National Rugby League (NRL) clubs that are based in NSW.
The players are fringe players for the NRL.
The Gurias despite having the services of World Cup halves combination of Dion Aiye and Ase Boas, they couldn’t do much against a side that dominated ball possession throughout the whole match.
The match is part of the Gurias off-season build-up. The starting line-up: Boas Ruru (full-back), Chris Jerry, William Aquila (wings), Nelson Daplen, Jacky Marcus (centres), Aiye (five-eighth), Boas (half-back), Junior Pangogo, Travis Waninara (props), Sakias Kabange (hooker), Emmanuel John, Kevin Frank (second-row) and Danny Patrick (lock).
The team arrived yesterday.