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No Easy Teams, Says Storer

  The Vodafone Fijian Bati are not going to underestimate Wales when they clash at the Rugby League World Cup at Townsville Stadium, Australia on Sunday. Veteran Bati hooker James
03 Nov 2017 12:51
No Easy Teams, Says Storer
James Storer (front- right) with his Vodafone Fijian Bati team-mates in Townsville, Australia on November 1, 2017. Photo: William Tabuya of Vodafone Fiji

 

The Vodafone Fijian Bati are not going to underestimate Wales when they clash at the Rugby League World Cup at Townsville Stadium, Australia on Sunday.

Veteran Bati hooker James Storer told SUNsports yesterday that there are no easy teams in the World Cup.

The Bati are aware of how in the 2008 RLWC they had won impressively 42-6  against France in their opening game only to suffer an upset loss against Scotland in their next game.

The Wes Naiqama-led side managed to bounce back and beat Ireland to make the Cup semifinal.

Wales were thrashed 50-6 by Papua New Guinea during the World Cup opener at Port Moresby last Saturday while the Bati trounced USA 58-12.

“It will be a test for us but we should be able to do the job in the end,” he said.

Storer said they have been training hard this week and working on their fitness.

Junior Roqica of London Broncos is likely to get his first run against Wales.

The former Cronulla Sharks prop was rested against USA but has stepped in for injured Kane Evans.

Also in the 21-member squad is South Sydney Rabbitohs back Sitiveni Moceidreke.

Meanwhile, Wales coach John Kear said they must improve against the Fijians after playing like ‘rank outsiders’ in their quarter.

Kear has made three changes to his squad against Fiji. Chester Butler was concussed on his debut in Saturday’s 50-6 defeat by Papua New Guinea, while Sam Hopkins and Matt Seamark are also injured. Danny Ansell, Joe Burke comes in along with Rochdale forward Gavin Bennion, who linked up with the squad after their defeat by PNG in Port Moresby.

Edited by Grace Narayan

Feedback:  leonec@fijisun.com.fj

 



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