Forward to battle

VODAFONE Fiji Bati prop Ashton Sims agrees with Jarryd Hayne and said the New Zealand forward pack was their strength.

Even though the Kiwis came off a loss, Hayne knew they would be determined to bounce back.

Newshub reported Sims knew they have to take their chances if they are to trump in the Land of the Long White Cloud.

He said this after fellow Fiji Bati players and back line utility Jarryd Hayne said he was hoping his side could draw inspiration from Tonga’s win over the Kiwis.

The Mick Potter-coached side will take on the Kiwis in a Rugby League World Cup quarter-final tomorrow. New Zealand and Fiji have never faced each other before.

“We did a little bit of video on them during the week, but New Zealand is a world-class side,” Sims, who had maternal links to Ba said.

“We are going to go out there and exploit some of their weaknesses ? they don’t have many, so things we have identified, we have to do it right every time. I expect them to be full-blooded and ready to go.

“It doesn’t matter who puts on that Kiwi jersey, there is always that pride and passion there, and it is the same with the Fiji Bati.

“Whoever we put in that white jersey, we know they are going to play 100 per cent, so that will make a great game come Saturday.”

Fiji is still unbeaten at this year’s RLWC, with wins over Italy 38-10, Wales 72-6 and USA 58-12,

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