19 Aug 2014

Sport: PNG confident going into AFL International Cup semis

11:07 am on 19 August 2014

The Papua New Guinea Mosquitoes are confident of bouncing back from an opening defeat in Tuesday's AFL International Cup semi finals.

PNG are the only side in the top four to lose a game in the round robin stageand take on New Zealand in the first semi, before defending champions Ireland come up against South Africa at Ransford Oval.

Veteran Emmaus Wartovo believes the Mozzies have the edge on the Hawks.

"I reckon we are overconfident against South Africa on Saturday but against New Zealand if we play our normal footy, PNG footy, I reckon we will get over New Zealand easy. They have a few big boys but I reckon us we are a pretty young side and we will probably just use our speed and skill. I reckon our skills was a bit poor on Saturday and like I said we just need to play our normal footy".

Tonga, Nauru and Fiji are also in action on Tuesday in the Division One playoffs against Pakistan, Great Britain and the United States.

Meanwhile the Fiji Vonu chalked up their first victory at this year's AFL International Cup, outclassing the USA Liberty 47-1 at Royal Park in Melbourne on Monday.