TRADITIONAL war dances in sports, is a ritual practised to inspire athletes. While teams such as the New Zealand All Blacks, Samoa, Tonga and the Flying Fijians perform their own haka, sivi tau and cibi, it defines their traditional backgrounds.
The Vodafone Fiji Bati, sing a hymn titled "Oqo Na Noqu Masu" to motivate the players to rely on God during the battle on the field.
It totally defines how spiritually they are prepared for the mammoth task at the Rugby League World Cup.
The Bati plays its opening game against Ireland on Tuesday where they'll sing the hymn prior to kick off.
Fiji Bati second rower Peni Botiki recalls the song as a powerful weapon that inspires the Bati prior to the game.
He recalls the incident where they sung the song prior to the 2009 Pacific Mini Games final against Cook Islands which they won 20-12.
"This song is so powerful that it not only impacted us but the opposition as well," the Viseisei lad from Vuda said.
"I remember during the Mini Games when Cook Islands performed their war dance before the final.
"They were like possessed after performing the haka until we sung the song.
"I talked to one of the Cook Island players during the after match function, he told me that the song totally weakened them emotionally after performing their cibi."
Botiki said they could not wait to sing the hymn again at the RLWC.
The historic 2008 Fiji Bati team first sang the song at the RLWC in Australia where they reached the semi-finals for the first time.
Botiki added the lyrics describe the players' total dependence on God throughout the match.