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Editorial: Bati Victory our only exciting part of RLWC so far

Editorial: Bati Victory our only exciting part of  RLWC so far
Fiji celebrate after defeating New Zealand in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in Wellington, New Zealand on November 18, 2017.
November 21
12:04 2017

Our only excitement of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) was when the Vodafone Fijian Bati side beat New Zealand 4-2 in their quarterfinal clash at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington last Saturday night.

Because of the rivalries we’ve had with the Kiwis in 7s rugby, it’s become special when one of our national teams beats them on their home ground.

Honestly, apart from that there was nothing to be excited about even the Bati reaching the RLWC semifinal. This is because they have done it in 2008, 2013 and again in 2017.

The only concern we have now is to see how they’re going to fare against the Australians. The past RLWC semifinal results indicate that it’s going to be an uphill battle for Kevin Naiqama and his troops. In 2008 we lost 51-0 to Australia and again 64-0 in 2013.

So, already things don’t look good for us.

Bati head coach Mick Potter is cautious about Friday’s showdown at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

The former Wests Tigers coach told this newspaper on Sunday that his concern is for the side to make use of every opportunity that comes their way. They need to score points and at the same time stop the Aussies from scoring as well.

Potter is not getting carried away with the win in Wellington, but instead he is focused on the much bigger task at hand. It’s a matter of taking one game at a time. All thoughts of winning the RLWC should be the last thing in our minds right now. These are all unnecessary pressures that could work against us in the end.

We’ve got to be realistic about our chances, but at the same time have the confidence of turning things around.  While things may look gloomy for the Bati on paper, there’s nothing stopping them from creating history on Friday night by reaching their first RLWC final.

Today, it’s back to hard work for the Bati side and even Jarryd Hayne has admitted that they only need another good week before they set out to achieve the goal they have set.

Yes, there’s no substitute for hard work and even the Bible agrees that faith without action is dead.

With that in mind, let’s wish our Vodafone Fijian Bati all the best as they go out to beat the defending world champions Australia on Friday night



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