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Bati On Alert

The Vodafone Fijian Bati is aware that New Zealand will be out to avenge their 4-2 loss during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup quarterfinal in Wellington.
31 Oct 2022 16:10
Bati On Alert
Viliame Kikau gets tough on a Scottish player during their final group match at the Rugby League World Cup in England on October 29, 2022. Photo: AFP

The Vodafone Fijian Bati is aware that New Zealand will be out to avenge their 4-2 loss during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup quarterfinal in Wellington.

Yesterday, the Bati qualified as runners-up from Group B and face New Zealand, winners of Group C in this weekend’s RLWC quarterfinal.

Rising Bati fullback Sunia Turuva told SUNsports yesterday that they needed to lift their attacking game against New Zealand.

New Zealand coach, Michael Maguire, is hopeful for the quick recovery of Mara ta Niukore, Moses Leota and Dallin Watene Zelezinak for the clash against the Bati.

Despite the 48-10 win over Ireland, Maguire conceded his side were “clunky at times” and “have a bit to work on” before they take on Fiji in the quarters.

“We also need to improve on our goalkicking,” he said.

Powerhouse forwards Jared Waerea Hargreaves of New Zealand and Fiji’s Korbin Sims are in doubt for the quarterfinals as they await judiciary over dangerous tackles made in their final group matches.

Waerea Hargreaves could be rubbed out of the quarterfinal after being sin binned for a high shot.

He was making his first appearance in the tournament after completing a three game ban stemming from the Sydney Roosters’ elimination final loss to South Sydney.

But the Kiwi enforcer lasted just 13 minutes in his return before whacking Ireland forward Dan Norman across the jaw.

Sims was also penalised for a lifting tackle late in the match and may have a case to answer at judiciary.

Viliame Kikau, who was sin­binned against Scotland, has been cleared to play.

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