Fiji Bati wary of NZ

VODAFONE Fiji Bati has to score try in the first 10 minutes of the quarter-final match against New Zealand to set a good platform, says Fiji National Rugby League chief executive officer Timoci Naleba.

“New Zealand is going to play a very structured game and keeping those players marked since they can create spaces in the field to score tries and if we are able to mark them well then we should be able to get 10 per cent of the work done,” Naleba said.

“We need to contain their forwards and get the ball possession since we cannot afford to have the players off load the balls.

“I am sure Fijian crowd would be there to support the Fiji Bati team as they had been very vocal in the past.

“It is going to be a mind game with the strength of the teams almost the same and New Zealand has a star-studded side, but Fijian team is new and growing with new players,” he said.

“The Fiji Bati players could pull up surprises on the day and it is our major strength.

“There are players who have individual skills and are known to perform on the day especially in the important matches like Suliasi Vunivalu though they would be heavily marked.

“Mick Potter is going to prepare the players mentally for New Zealand match.” The match kicks off at 7.30pm on Saturday.

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