By JOSEPH REMA
SP Hunters coach Matthew Church is backing in-form pair Joe Joshua and Stanley Olo to ignite their attack in their final trial match against the Northern Pride in Cairns, Australia, tomorrow.
“They played some good football against the Central Queensland Capras at the Oil Search National Football Stadium last week,” the Australian rookie head coach said in Port Moresby on Wednesday.
“So I’m expecting them to do the same when we meet the Northern Pride at Barlow Park.”
Church and his 20-man squad arrived yesterday in Cairns where they will meet the Papua New Guinea community in the suburb of Manunda following today’s captain’s run.
He said they were looking to build on last week’s 30-12 win over the 2019 Queensland Intrust Super Cup wooden spooners.
Church said despite the win, the South Pacific Brewery-backed side were still far from where they wanted to be.
“I watched the footage of the Pride’s match with the Townsville Blackhawks last weekend and we have a game plan in place,” he said.
“The Pride have big bodies so we’ve to be mindful of that and other areas in this weekend’s match.
“At the moment, my focus is on what we are doing and getting the basics right.
“We need to work on a few more aspects of our attack and defence before we face the Pride.” The game kicks off at 5pm.
The match will be televised live on TV Wan Action.
The 20 men squad; Terry Wapi, Junior Rau, Joe Joshua, Brendan Nima, Brandon Gotuno, Charlie Simon, Ase Boas (captain) Enock Maki, Nicky Hasu, Junior Rop, Epel Kapinias, Kevin Appo, Ila Alu (vice-captain), Stanely Olo, Rhadley Brawa, Mark Piti, Stanton Albert, Joe Frank, Shane Nigel, Francis Takai.
By JOSEPH REMA