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Petero to lead Bati

Rashneel Kumar
Friday, September 20, 2013

PETERO Civoniceva will lead the Vodafone Fiji Bati side during the Rugby League World Cup next month in England.

The former Kangaroo will be assisted by Penrith Panthers player Wes Naiqama, who captained the team to the 2008 RLWC where Fiji finished fourth.

The 21-member national team — with three places yet to be confirmed — was named after the Battle of the Bati clash at the ANZ Stadium in Suva last night.

The match was won by the Fiji Residents which overcame the Overseas Fijians 18-14 in a thrilling and bone-crunching encounter.

Fiji Bati coach Rick Stone named only two local-based players — prop Tikiko Noke (Makoi Bulldogs) and centre Ilisavani Jegesa (Nabua Broncos), in a Fiji team dominated by National Rugby League players.

Aaron Groom, Alipate Tani and Eloni Vunakece, who featured for the Overseas Fijians were also named in the final squad.

Only six players that featured for the Fiji Bati at the 2008 RLWC were retained.

Meanwhile, blood, sweat and tears were shed as the Fiji Residents and Overseas Fijians players fought tooth and nail for a spot in the world cup team.

Overseas Fijians led 14-6 at half-time with tries from Henry Raiwalui and Orisi Qaraniqio with Eroni Lima crossing the whitewash for the Fiji Residents.

The local boys made a strong comeback in the second spell with tries from Noke and Lima to clinch the pulsating encounter 18-14.

Fiji Bati to 2013 RLWC:

Sisa Waqa, Wes Naiqama (V/C), Kevin Naiqama, Darryl Millard, Marika Koroibete, Semi Radradra, Ilisavani Jegesa, Aaron Groom, Alipate Tani, Apisai Koroisau, James Storer, Kaliova Tani, Tariq Simms, Korbin Simms, Ashton Simms, Petero Civoniceva (captain), Kane Evans, Jason Bukuya, Vitale Jr Roqica, Tikiko Noke, Eloni Vunakece.





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