PLAYING ROUGH: Capras player Peter Gallen is tackled in the match against the Mackay Cutters on Anzac Day.
PLAYING ROUGH: Capras player Peter Gallen is tackled in the match against the Mackay Cutters on Anzac Day. Chris Ison Rokccapras

Gallen eager to play PNG after missing last contest

PETER Gallen should have played against the PNG Hunters earlier this season but missed travelling to Papua New Guinea because he didn't have a passport.

It is now on his agenda to rectify the travel problem, to experience the rugby league crazy country and tough it out against the Hunters.

"I had no passport and we were going to rush it through but then didn't worry about it," he said.

"I have played all but one Capras match, the PNG one."

Luckily for Gallen, he has not missed the opportunity to play for the Hunters altogether.

Not needing a passport for the short drive to Marley Brown Oval, Gallen will be charging at the PNG defence in his own backyard.

Glad to not be on the road to Rockhampton or beyond, the forward said the matches in Gladstone were special to the local players.

"It will be good for us - we haven't lost a game in Gladstone, we get all of our mates and work mates behind us," he said.

But the Capras' good record at Marley Brown Oval will be in jeopardy and Gallen said defending it vigorously was the key to playing more matches close to home.

"All the guys on the island watching footy is a good thing, so we need to set a good standard and make them want to watch," he said.

While not getting a first-hand look at the Hunters in PNG in the Intrust Super Cup (an issue he has vowed to sort before the next overseas match, for which he may be needed), Gallen saw the side when they arrived in Rockhampton for a trial match.

He said the biggest issues to overcome would be stopping the visitors' size in the forwards and playing out the match.

"It is going to be extremely tough - their guys are massive," Gallen said.

"So we have to play well.

"We need to take the start from last week and make it 80 minutes."

The match kicks off on Saturday at 7pm.



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