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Vodafone Fijian Bati winger Suliasi Vunivalu is congratulated by Kevin Naiqama, Jarryd Hayne and Taane Milne after scoring one of his three tries against Italy at the Canberra Stadium, Australia on November 12, 2017. They now play New Zealand in the Cup quarterfinals. Photo: Zimbio
November 12
11:49 2017

Coach Mick Potter demands better show from Vodafone Fijian Bati

The Vodafone Fijian Bati players have been warned not to have high expectations as they face New Zealand in the Rugby League World Cup quarterfinal clash this Saturday.

The warning came from head coach Mick Potter who was disappointed with their performance against Italy on Friday night.

“We need to get better,” Potter said as they prepare to travel and play in the Wellington Regional Stadium in New Zealand.

“This is not good enough. To beat New Zealand, we need to be better.”

The former Wests Tigers coach knows that New Zealand will be out to resurrect their World Cup campaign after Tonga’s historic 28-22 win in Hamilton yesterday.

Potter was concerned after the Bati made 14 errors and conceded 11 penalties against Italy at the Canberra Stadium.

“I’ve warned the players that they need to find a lot of improvements fast,” he told AAP.

New Zealand rugby league captain Adam Blair was gracious in defeat and said they’re now looking at Fiji.

“We let ourselves down and we need to be more patient.

“We will work on it and should be back to our best next weekend,” Blair said.

Bati captain Kevin Naiqama said they are now in the toughest part of the tournament where they’re going to play New Zealand in the Cup quarterfinals.

“New Zealand is a tough team but we will take them as it comes,” Naiqama said.

 

Edited by Osea  Bola

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