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A must win

Elenoa Baselala In Townsville, Australia
Saturday, November 04, 2017

FIJI must win its next game against Wales to lead Pool D and secure a spot in the quarter-final of the Rugby League World Cup, Vodafone Fiji Bati coach Mick Potter said yesterday.

"It's imperative that we win this game. Without that win we jeopordise our spot in the quarter-finals. It is a must win for us to lead our pool to get that position and we don't want to leave it in other people's hands," Potter said.

After a tough training session on Thursday, players had a day off yesterday and spent the day sleeping in, shopping, swimming while some went to Magnetic Island, a 20-minute boat ride from Townsville.

Today, the team will have its captain's run at the 1300Smiles Stadium where they will play Wales tomorrow.

Fiji opened its RLWC with a 58-12 victory over USA, amassing the most points in the tournament so far.

Wales lost to PNG 6-50 in their opening game.

Potter said he would maintain his lineup from last week with the exception of Junior Roqica who sat out last week's game.

"Everyone played well in the last game, everyone wants the strongest team and this is the strongest team," Potter said.

Meanwhile, Nabua Broncos and only Fiji-based player in the side, Pio Seci is back in camp after he was admitted at Townsville Hospital for an infection on his shin.

"Pio is looking a lot better today, he's got a smile on his face now. I think he's lost a little bit of weight in the last couple of days. He's eating well again and he's back in camp." Potter said.

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