Gurias skipper Boas says his men will step up to the task
By PARKER TAMBUA
RABAUL Gurias captain Watson Boas says he is confident that his men can match reigning champions Lae Tigers’ pack heading into their Digicel Cup major semifinal in Port Moresby on Sunday.
The earlier match will see the minor semifinal between last year’s runners-up Hela Wigmen and a vastly-improved Port Moresby Vipers at Sir John Guise Stadium.
Papua New Guinea halfback Boas told The National yesterday that they were aware of the strengths of the Tigers, who have one of the best packs in the 12-team competition.
“We played them earlier this season and I can say that their strength is in the middle,” the 25-year-old said of their 16-22 round-three loss.
“If we can match their pack then I believe we will have a great game of rugby league.
“Winning the minor premiership in the last round of the regular season has boosted our confidence heading into the finals.
“We are optimistic about our chances against Stanley Tepend’s men.”
Boas said the Gurias had used last week’s bye to polish up on their defence despite them being the second-best side in the department.
“We had a great week off,” the former SP Hunter said.
“The boys enjoyed good bonding sessions on the beach here in Kokopo.
“We’ve highlighted areas we need to improve on and I think we all have taken note of them.”
With Gurias on the verge of their 10th grand final appearance, Boas has challenged his men to live up to their rich history.
“We represent many things, our franchise owner (the late John Nightingale) who passed away is the most significant one,” he said.
“We play for our families, province (East New Britain) and sponsor.
“We want to add another great chapter to our club history.”
Boas missed their final regular-season fixture against Waghi Tumbe over a knee complaint but he is expected to return in the halves alongside Wartovo Puara Jr.