One final Bati push

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Vodafone Fiji Bati captain Tui Kamikamica on attack during their 43-16 win over the Papua New Guinea Kumuls last weekend. The two teams meet again today. Picture: JOEY LALABALAVU/FNRL

Last week’s big win is water under the bridge and the Vodafone Fiji Bati heads into today’s Pacific Bowl final with renewed hope and energy.

The Bati defeated the Papua New Guinea Kumuls 46-13 last Sunday a result that stunned the host nation and its fans.

The two teams will meet again today in the final and the Bati are expecting a relentless Kumuls outift.

Fiji National Rugby League chairman Aporosa Lutunauga said the Bati will not be complacent.

“As we have stated from the beginning this is a developing team, we stick our feats to the ground, we stay humble, and we respect the Kumuls. We know they’re a champion team and we will always maintain that respect for them.

“Last week’s scoreline speaks for itself, a good sign as we build for the next world cup. Using this tournament as a preparation ground is a step towards developing our talent for the future,” Lutunauga expressed.

He admitted that finals rugby is a different ball game altogether which means the Bati will have to make all their chances count.

The Bati and the Kumuls square off in the final today at 5pm at Santos National Football Stadium in Papua New Guinea.