SAKEO Raloa is not taking part at the Battle of the Bati just to make the numbers.
He wants to book a spot in the Vodafone Fiji Bati team for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup in Europe next month.
And despite the challenges he will face from experienced players, young Raloa is ready for the challenge when he lines up against the Fiji Residents side tonight.
"My aim is to make the world cup team," he said.
"I know it's tough but I have prepared myself well to face whatever will come during the game."
The former Nasinu Secondary School student, who now plays for the Penrith Panthers under-20 team, says he has enjoyed the training with his new club.
The younger brother of Vereimi Vakatawa, who plays for Top 14 club Racing Metro in France, will be tested in the centre's position.
He played wing and fullback while with his Nasinu school. After being shifted inside, Raloa has received tips from former Fiji Bati captain Wes Naiqama who also plays for the Panthers.
"It's hard playing at centre because you have to be a good defender. It's a challenge but I'm ready for it.
"I'm learning a lot from Wes and he has been so helpful to me on that role."
Raloa added the NRL U20 competition has given him a new experience.
The Battle of the Bati kicks off at 7pm at the ANZ Stadium.