Coach Tips Tough Tussle

JASON Demetriou has warned the Broncos they must be at their peak when they meet a fired-up PNG Hunters team in Port Moresby tomorrow.

The Broncos will face the Hunters in their final trial after two days of adulation from fans in the Pacific nation.

But Demetriou, who coached against the Hunters in the Intrust Super Cup, knows what his team can expect as he takes the reins for the match from head coach Wayne Bennett.

The Hunters will view this as a huge chance to take the scalp of an NRL team.

This match will be more than just a trial, said Demetriou.

“It is going to be a tough game,” he said.

“PNG were the Queensland Cup champions last year and they are going to be excited to play us for sure.

“I know from past experiences they won’t be holding back and it will be physical.

“It is a good game for us as well to test us before the NRL season starts.

“It will have a different dynamic for us than other games, so it will be a good test for us.”

The team has been doing appearances to masses of fans in the country, and Demetriou said this was more than just about football.

“It is good for us to get away as a team and we have arrived at an airport with thousands of people there,” he said.

“It was an eye opener for some of the players and a really humbling experience.

“It is good for the game and good for PNG to see the Broncos on home soil.”

The match will kick off at 3.30pm tomorrow.

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