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Sat 16 November

The Bati ready to battle on

The Bati ready to battle on

#RLWC2013

By Kirsty Saynor

Waisale Naiqama is not ready for Fiji’s Rugby League World Cup 2013 dream to end just yet and believes his team has what it takes to go beyond the tournament’s quarter-finals as they take on Samoa at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, on Sunday (3.00pm).

The Penrith Panthers star was pleased with the performance The Bati put up against England, despite losing 34-12, and he knows that his side face another tough test against a strong Samoan side at the weekend.

“It is really pleasing for us to get through to the quarter-finals,” said Naiqama. “We said from the start that we wanted to get past the group stage of the competition so we are really happy with where we are at the moment and we want to continue on and reach the semi-finals.

“We took a lot of positives away from the England game. The coach was happy, particularly with the way we played in the first half, and the way we finished the game. For 65 minutes we played really well so we just need to work on that 15 minutes when we turned off and that will put us in good stead for this week.

“We have had a heavy week in training, doing double sessions, because we want to get as much work done as possible as we know Samoa will bring a really powerful game to us. We have a rest day on Friday to get our minds in the right place and then we go out there and play.”

This is the first time that Naiqama has visited the UK and he has thoroughly enjoyed his RLWC2013 experience. He knows what his team has to do to beat Samoa and claim one of the four semi-final spots.

“A couple of us went down and watched their game against France and they were just what we expected them to be: big, strong athletes. They like to offload the ball a lot and to beat them it is crucial that we put a stop to that.

“Overall the World Cup has been an awesome experience so far, especially coming over to the UK because a lot of us have never been here before so it has been good to come to a new country, take in the culture and go sightseeing. It has been such a great experience, I really don’t want it to end on Sunday.”

Tickets are still available for the Samoa v Fiji RLWC2013 quarter-final at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, on Sunday (3.00pm) and are priced from as little as £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. To purchase your tickets, please either visit www.eticketing.co.uk/rlwc/ or call our 24-hour Ticket Hotline on 0844 847 2013.

Fiji Head Coach, Rick Stone, has named his 19 man squad to face Samoa:

Peni Botiki

Jayson Bukuya

Petero Civoniceva

Kane Evans

Aaron Groom

Marika Koroibete

Apisai Koroisau

Daryl Millard

Ryan Millard

Kevin Naiqama

Waisale Ligani Naiqama

Vitale Junior Roqica

Ashton Sims

Tariq Sims

James Storer

Akuila Uate

Eloni Vunakece

Sisa Ledua Waqa

Semi Radradra Turagasoli Waqavatu

 

The Bati ready to battle on Fiji name squad to face Samoa in Sunday's Quarter Final...

Results

Rugby League World Cup
Sat 23 NovNew Zealand 20-18 England
Sun 17 NovSamoa 4-22 Fiji
Sat 16 NovEngland 34-6 France
Fri 15 NovNew Zealand 40-4 Scotland
Mon 11 NovFrance 6-22 Samoa
Sun 10 NovWales 24-28 Cook Islands
Sat 09 NovEngland 34-12 Fiji
Fri 08 NovNew Zealand 56-10 Papua New Guinea
Thu 07 NovScotland 22-8 USA
Tue 05 NovTonga 22-16 Cook Islands

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