THE flair and pace of Vodafone Fiji Bati cannot be matched by any other team at the Rugby League World Cup. So says Tariq, one of the Sims brothers, as Fiji prepares to play Ireland in its first pool match on October 28 in Rochdale, England.
Tariq is the younger brother of Ashton, 28, and the elder brother of Korbin, 21. They have paternal links to Ba.
The Queensland Cowboys forward told Times Sport about the strengths in the team that no other team at the world cup had.
"Our defence needs a bit of work but in terms of attack, we can cause big time damage," the 23-year-old said.
"The Fijian flair in the side is our biggest strength and the way Fijians play the game is totally different from the structured play and we are the masters of it.
"And we can use that to our advantage if we have the ball because no team can match Fiji in terms of flair."
He said the Fijian flair in the National Rugby League (NRL) drew a lot of attention and that could be another factor that could help Fiji.
"Look at the boys from overseas and see how huge they have become in the NRL. That's from Fijian flair.
"Players like Petero Civoniceva, Sisa (Waqa), Akuila (Uate), Wes and Kevin (Naiqama) are good examples."
Tariq added local players (Tikiko Noke and Ilisavani Jegesa) in the side could be the surprise package at the tournament.
"The local boys are absolute raw talent. They are the ones who can do some real damage because they are unknown to the other teams.
"With this kind of exposure, they are on their way to becoming professional athletes."
He said the most important strength of the side is the brotherhood.
"Everyone has come together in such short time and as we go the closer we get."
Meanwhile, on Tuesday the Bati was hosted to a welcoming ceremony by the Rochdale town.
"They had a traditional English and a traditional Fijian welcoming ceremony for us," said team manager Mesake Navugona.
"Also we hosted a surprise birthday for our team doctor (Peter McGeoch)."