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Boak: we need to forget about the Showdown

Loukas Founten  May 17, 2018 4:12 PM

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12:  Travis Boak captain of Port Adelaide  leads his team down the race during the round eight AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Adelaide Crows at Adelaide Oval on May 12, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images/AFL Media)

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12: Travis Boak captain of Port Adelaide leads his team down the race during the round eight AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Adelaide Crows at Adelaide Oval on May 12, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images/AFL Media)

PORT ADELAIDE captain Travis Boak says his side has moved on from the thrilling Showdown victory over Adelaide but wants to retain the positive contested football it showed against the Crows.

Boak joined the team in a training session at Shanghai’s Adelaide Arena at Jiangwan Stadium, where the Power will tackle the Suns on Saturday afternoon.

With temperatures around 35 degrees and high humidity, Boak rated the 30-40 minute session as one of the hardest he’s endured.

He said coming to China with the team on the back of the Showdown win has been good, but it will amount to nothing without backing it up against the Suns.

“Last week was last week now, we’ve got to move on,” Boak said.

“For us, we need to back it up now and that’s been our challenge all year is that consistency so we’re coming over here with some confidence but we need to forget about the Showdown, that’s done.

“We’ve got a big game this weekend and we want to play the footy we know we can play.”

Boak said the stadium felt like a home ground after last season’s big win over Gold Coast at the venue.

Wingman Jared Polec has arrived in Shanghai after delaying his travel while he overcame a virus.

If he plays, the Power could go in with an unchanged line-up for the first time this season.

“It just adds a bit of stability and then we can build the team up,” Boak said.

“But in saying that whoever takes the field – if one goes out, one comes in and we expect them to play the same sort of footy – but it is nice to have that stability.”

The Suns come into the game on the back of three straight losses and just one win in their last five matches.

The Power dominated when the sides met twice last year winning by 72 and 115 points.

But Boak says his side can’t be complacent on Saturday.

“They’re still a good side,” he said.

“They’ve been playing some footy even though it’s been a bit challenging for them in the last few weeks.

“For us, it’s about playing the footy we want to play.

“We go in knowing what they want to do and we certainly want to stop that but also at the same time play the style of footy that we did last week – certainly in the second half.

“Just that contested style of footy and the way we want to defend and keeping it in our forward half, that’s the way we want to play.”                              

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