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Who is Potter?

Who is Potter?
Vodafone Fijian Bati head coach Mick Potter. Photo :Zimbio
November 21
11:10 2017

Rejected coach takes revenge, also known for his magic touch 


Vodafone Fijian Bati head coach Mick Potter is now the focus of the Australian media.

Potter was controversially sacked by Wests Tigers, three years ago over a review report done one of the NRL coaches Brian Smith where he alleged that Potter had struggled to “educate and communicate” with players.

He however, took his revenge last Saturday by guiding the Bati to their historic win over New Zealand, where Smith happens to be the Kiwis assistant coach.

According to Daily Telegraph columnist Phil Rothfield, it was an unbelievable victory for the Fijians. “We knew they had flair. We knew they could attack. And we knew they would take risks. But to grind out a try-less international shows toughness previously ¬unheard of from the Pacific nation.”

Rothfield said Potter has done a sensational job in this area. To show this fast-developing rugby league nation that tenacity and resolve, guts and grind are as important as anything in a team at that level.

“Proof there was nothing wrong with Potter’s ability to “educate and communicate” with players,” he added.

Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown, who hired Potter as his assistant, understands that the former Dally M champion is a much better footy coach than the Wests Tigers gave him credit for.

“Look at his coaching record,” Brown said of Potter.

“He went to Catalans when they were hopeless and took them to a top-three finish and the Challenge Cup final. Not even Robbo (Trent Robinson) got those results when he was there. Then he went to St Helens and made two grand finals. After that he coached at Bradford. They were broke and spent only half the salary cap but they still made the playoffs. Now he is with the Fijians.”

When contacted yesterday, Potter said his concern right now is to find ways of shutting down Australia’s ‘Big 3’ of Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk.

“It will be easier to say but it is very hard to do,” he said as they start their preparations today for Friday’s semifinal against Australia.

“It is going to be difficult isn’t it, they are very smart players and we just got to do the right thing. Our players will equip themselves the best they can and they just need to work together for the full 80 minutes which is easier to say but it is very hard to do.”

He said the trio have been the main engineers of the Kangaroos success.

Despite the odds being stacked against the Bati, Potter said the players had showed a lot of resilience in playing against big teams during the competition. “Our players have not been intimidated so far. I think our players have been outstanding going against opposition that have been playing at a higher level.

“I have every faith that they will give a great account of themselves and the scoreboard will reflect the efforts put in.”

The clash kicks-off at 9pm (Fijian time) at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

 

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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