Poblah predicts double intensity in Banjo Bowl

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:53 AM ET

WINNIPEG - And you thought the Labour Day Classic was dirty.

Sunday’s Banjo Bowl rematch between the Bombers and Riders could be double the trouble.

At least, that’s what receiver Kito Poblah was predicting, Tuesday.

“I’m pretty sure it’s going to be the same, but two times the intensity,” Poblah told the Sun. “They’re obviously going to want to come back hard and try to repeat. We’re not going to allow that to happen.

“It’s going to be a big battle. Obviously, they want to win — and we want to win more.”

Poblah says he took his share of cheap shots in Regina, calling the game as chippy as it looked from afar.

“Oh, very. You can see at the very end how things got ruffled up a little bit,” he said, referring to the scuffles that broke out. “Hopefully this next week we can play a lot cleaner. But it’s a rivalry game and it gets very physical.”

Seeing their five-game win streak snapped, the Bombers lost their composure late in the game, drawing far more penalties than the Riders and the only two ejections.

Sore losers?

“People can say that because we were losing when the fights broke out,” Poblah said. “If we were winning, that whole perception would have changed.”

The rookie, though, agreed with coach Paul LaPolice’s post-game critique.

“We should have been the bigger men in some circumstances. At the same time, it is a football game. The testosterone is goin’, the blood is pumpin’. You put guys in a cage, and what do you expect out of ’em?”

Playing his first full game, Poblah was one of the better Bombers, grabbing nine balls for 89 yards.

He also nicked the same knee that had him on the injured list for the previous seven games.

“I tweaked it a little bit, but nothing serious ... I had to block it out a little bit. But it feels a lot better now.”


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