Port captain downplays historic Showdown

Port Adelaide captain Travis Boak insists it’s just another AFL game.

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Boak is shunning the extra spice in Saturday night’s grudge game against Adelaide caused by their respective ladder positions.

The clash is the first time the bitter foes meet when placed first and second on the ladder.

But Boak says his table-topping outfit won’t will treat the second-placed Crows any differently than other opposition clubs.

“We will both say it’s just another game,” Boak told reporters on Monday when flanked by Crows skipper Taylor Walker at a joint media call.

“Obviously it will get built up like a massive game, and Showdowns always are.

“For both of us it’s an important match – one of us will go three (wins) and zero (losses) and have a great start to the year.

“But for us, and I’m sure they’re the same, we will just build it up as another week.”

Port and the Crows enter the Adelaide Oval encounter unbeaten after two rounds this season.

But Boak said form or ladder position were largely irrelevant when the South Australian clubs meet.

“Showdowns, they’re always fiery,” he said.

“And they’re always pretty exciting to watch. You would probably say over the the last few years they have always been exciting and pretty close results, barring one or two.

“And I think that is what the fans can expect. Both sides are in really good form.”

Boak rated Adelaide as arguably the form side of the competition but was rapt at Port’s start to the season.

“The wins are great and the four points is what you play for,” he said.

“But I think the most pleasing thing for our group and our club is that we have played eight really good quarters and stuck to what we set out to do as a plan.

“The consistency has been the biggest thing. We have been able to do it for four quarters in both games.

“And that is going to be the key again this weekend, obviously it’s going to be a great contest and up against probably the in-form side in the competition.

“And we will need to bring four quarters again to put ourselves in a good chance of winning.”