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Only the brave

Fred Wesley
Friday, November 24, 2017

The stage is set for what is building up to be an exciting battle tonight when we take on the might of the Australian Kangaroos in Brisbane.

Tonight, every other result for the Fiji Bati will be left by the wayside.

Tonight is about facing up to our greatest fears and staying focused.

This isn't going to be a stroll in the park. Tonight we face the world's greatest league side.

How we play our game will no doubt determine how we fare on a field that will be filled up by Kangaroos fans.

When all things are said and done, we have to accept the fact that the Kangaroos are professionals.

By now they would have dissected individuals in the Bati line-up, studied them to the point where they know them well, picking out possible weaknesses and areas to exploit in our game.

The Kangaroos will not be like the New Zealand Kiwis. They will be focused in defence and more polished on attack.

They have experience right across the field with a line-up of superstars of the game.

They have linebreakers such as Aaron Woods and the hard running David Klemmer who will obviously be ordered to soften our defence in the leading tackle counts.

Their enforcers at secondrow, Boyd Cordner and Matt Gillett, will be hard men to get past in our early runs with lockforward Joshua McGuire standing out as a forward to watch out for tonight.

There is experience in the play-the-ball area provided by skipper Cameron Smith and the halves combination of Cooper Cronk and Michael Morgan will no doubt be keenly watched.

Exciting Queensland and Storm fullback Billy Slater provides thrust in the backline for the Kangaroos.

Clearly, on paper the Kangaroos are hot favourites to maintain their unbeaten run tonight.

Fans will, however, be hoping Bati coach Mick Potter can inspire the Bati to play the game of their lives.

The Australian media focused on our hard running secondrower Viliame Kikau this week.

Whether it is a ploy to put him off his game tonight, fans will be banking on this big youngster to come off with a blinder opposite two of the game's top secondrowers.

Our right edge secondrower Brayden Wiliame is no slouch either. In fact we have arguably two of the game's exciting young secondrowers playing alongside tough lockforward Tui Kamikamica.

When all things are said and done though, attention will be on our game breakers Jarryd Hayne, Henry Raiwalui, Apisai Koroisau and fullback and skipper Kevin Naiqama to call the shots. They will be banking on our linebreakers to provide momentum though.

Perhaps what will keep fans' hopes alive is the fact that we have runners and steppers right across our team. The challenge though is to be consistent, confident and resilient against a Kangaroos side that will not be holding back tonight.

The Kangaroos offer a formidable obstacle for us to get past.

Try we must though. Let's inspire the Bati to live their dreams against the best side in the game.

Go Fiji go.

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