A LOW seed means Sunday's second-tier Trophy is the ultimate prize for Poland, but centre Simon Maslanka says his side is keen to prove they're as good a team as any at the Emerging Nations World Cup on Saturday.
Poland have cut a swathe through Pool C rivals en route to the Trophy final, winning games over Japan and Hong Kong by a combined margin of 120-6, and Jamberoo star Maslanka said the Polish are relishing the a chance to show where they belong in future tournaments.
“It's been a bit of a talking point around camp that we really wanted to go through the tournament undefeated a and really put Poland on the map as a rugby league nation,” Maslanka said.
“From the get go all the boys have really got on. From players, coaches, everyone involved, it's been like one big family.
“The boys knew the ability we had and thought we could go deep into the tournament and, now that it's here, it's really exciting. We've got one more game to go and one more job to get done.”
Having cruised through the pool stages, Saturday's match promises to be a step up against a Philippines side who've put in strong showings against Cup finalists Malta and Niue through the pool stages.
Maslanka said it ensures his side won't head into the Trophy decider with any hint of complacency.
“The three games we’ve had heading into the final we've won by a big margin but, having a look at the Philippines, they are a much stronger outfit than we've faced so far,” Maslanka said.
“At the same time we're still confident we can take that silverware away with us.”