IT will be brutal!
So says Fiji Residents captain Sevanaia Koroi about the Battle of the Bati tonight at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.
The local side faces off against the Overseas Fijians in the final trial to select nine players to be part of the Vodafone Fiji Bati side to the Rugby League World Cup in England next month.
Koroi said a total of 34 players would be in action in the match and they would be fighting for only nine spots.
"It will be brutal because of the 34 players, only nine will make it to the Fiji Bati side," the 33-year-old said.
The Burenitu, Nalawa native of Ra is also trying his luck for a final flourish after being part of the Bati side that reached the semi-finals of the 2008 world cup.
The lanky lock is making a comeback to the sport after a year and said discipline in the face of brutality would reveal the players to watch.
"It's very hard to be disciplined when you are fighting for a spot to the world cup and especially when there are only nine spots.
"You have to have the guts to stand firm in a strong tackle and to make a bit hit when defending."
His counterpart Aaron Groom echoed similar sentiments saying the ferocity of the game will be reflected in the bone jarring tackles that will rattle the ANZ Stadium.
"There will be some massive hits," the scrum-half said.
"Power and speed is the strength of Fijian rugby and if you combine those two in a tackle, definitely, it will be explosive and ferocious."
Groom was one of the standout players in Fiji's stellar performance at the 2008 world cup and he said the Australian Fijians were cautious of their opposition but not afraid.
"They have had a good build-up since they have been training together for a while but we are ready for the challenge and I am pretty sure we will have a good game tomorrow night (tonight).