The National, Friday 14th June 2013
DESPITE suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of a rampant Port Moresby Vipers last week, one Lions player stood out above his fellow Simbus.
Halfback Willy Guambo virtually played a lone hand mustering the troops and calling the plays – but the 48-12 scoreline did the Kundiawa native no justice.
Singled out by franchise owner Gerard Philip as the only player worthy of the Lions jersey, Guambo himself was critical of his side and his own effort in the nine tries to two loss at the Llyod Robson Oval.
“It was our defence that let us down. Our marker defence was poor and we didn’t slow the play down enough and let them (Vipers) get a roll on,” Guambo said last Sunday.
The 22-year-old will again take on the lion’s share of the playmaking responsibilities this Sunday, however playing on his home ground should add another dimension to his game.
He would only need competent support from five-eighth Supa Takai, who was more a thorn than a foil against the Vipers.
“To be honest, we didn’t play to expectation; we didn’t play structured football. It’s something we have to sort out,” Guambo said.
If Guambo is on song, it won’t take much for the Lions to be roaring again.