Crunch time for Bati
4 November, 2017, 12:00 am
Come Sunday evening the Vodafone Fiji Bati takes on the Welsh Dragons in the second round of the RLWC.
Blooming with confidence, the Bati are optimistic of claiming a win. The Bati took the USA Hawks by surprise and brushed them aside.
The scoreline of 58 – 12 told the tale of a team beaming with talent led by classy Super Rugby League and NRL stars and the opening round summed up the fact that the Bati does not lack speed.
Against USA, when our boys broke through the line they were hard to stop.
Unfortunately for the Hawks the Bati put on an awesome display of rugby league. On the other hand, the campaign for Wales kicked off to a disastrous start when they were overpowered by the Kumuls 50 – 6 in Port Moresby.
However, Eloni Vunakece in his diary entry aptly mentioned that there was still so much to be done and there was no place for complacency.
Townsville may not be as hostile as Port Moresby but it will still be hot and humid. The Welsh will be looking at overcoming the heat and a strong Bati side to cause a major upset in this clash.
With the majority of players running around in the second and third level of the UK competition, the Dragons will be thinking of doing the unthinkable and winning to save their 2017 RLWC campaign.
But then the spirits in the Bati camp is pretty high and I am sure that the boys would have enjoyed the one-week recovery and Potter would have mapped out a plan to counter the Welsh Dragons onslaught.
The Bati knows too well that if they win this match they will top Pool D and secure themselves a quarter-finals berth but if they lose they will need to win against Italy next weekend in Canberra to secure a place.
Hence, I am counting on our boys to notch up a truck load of points against Wales in what could be another big scoreline.
With the current high profile squad and boasting big names and some of the best attacking talent in the RLWC, the Bati would be hard to stop.
On a lighter note if all goes well, the Bati should use this match to prepare for the quarter-final clash against arch rivals Samoa.
Enormous challenges are coming up for the Bati.
Finally, every point counts and a win is a win!
Toso Fiji Bati toso!