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Potter rates Bati

Elenoa Baselala In Brisbane, Australia
Saturday, November 25, 2017

THERE are some Vodafone Fiji Bati players who are undervalued, coach Mick Potter believes.

"I don't want to single anyone out but there are players here who have the ability but not had the recognition they deserve. And if they were in a NRL club they could do a little better than where they were playing now," Potter said.

Fiji has six players who haven't played first grade rugby or in the NRL and they are Henry Raiwalui, Mika Ravalawa, Pio Seci, Joe Lovodua, Salesi Junior Faingaa and Pio Sokobalavu.

Seven players have played in the NRL competition but with less than 10 matches and they are Eloni Vunakece (9), Viliame Kikau (9), Tui Kamikamica (2), James Storer (2), Ben Nakubuwai (2), Sitiveni Moceidreke (1) and Junior Roqica (6). Fiji Bati players who made their debut in the NRL this year are winger Marcelo Montoya, Kikau, Kamikamica, Moceidreke and Nakubuwai.

Potter particularly mentioned Raiwalui who usually plays outside back but is playing half back.

"Henry is an outside back and he is playing half back so he knows the game, I rate him and I think he is good defensively, I think he could achieve more," Potter said.

Meanwhile, Potter said his team had an edge over the others because of the attitude of his players.

"When they come together for devotions, I admire their attitude to want to do well."

Captain Kevin Naiqama said the whole squad was united in their quest for the cup.

"It's not the 17 but the 24-member squad, we bring out the best in each other," Naiqama said.

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