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'Testament of our defence'

Elenoa Baselala In Wellington, New Zealand
Sunday, November 19, 2017

"IT was the most horrendous".

That is how Vodafone Fiji Bati coach Mick Potter described the last 10 minutes of his side's Rugby League World Cup quarter-final clash against New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington in New Zealand last night.

Fiji bundled the Kiwis out of the RLWC campaign with the closest and smallest scoreline in the tournament so far- 4-2.

"I was very stressed, there were a lot of messages going on but there were not much action on the field because the players were tired," Potter said.

Captain Kevin Naiqama said the turning point for them was when NZ opted to kick a penalty goal in the second half.

"I told the boys that was the testament of our defense ... they are not gave us the uttermost confidence."

Naiqama said he opted for another penalty goal in the second half because the team could not score when NZ had 12 players so with 13 players they would probably not score.

"It was a smart decision then and I think it is a smart decision.

"I can't describe what I'm feeling right now, I am overwhelmed. The whole week our focus has been on defence.

"And I am proud of the way the boys played, fighting all the way to the last second.

"This is a historic win for Fiji. And we thank the people and the nation for this opportunity of carrying the nation forward.

"We have received messages and well wishes from Fijians at and abroad, we thank you and ask for your prayers."

So, what does he think of next week's game against Australia.

"We will win."

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