Uphill battle | Kativerata expects tough clash against Kumuls

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Vodafone Fiji Bati players, Sirilo Lovokuro (left) and Watisoni Waqanisaravi and head coach Wise Kativerata in PNG. Picture: SUPPLIED

Vodafone Fiji Bati head coach Wise Kativerata is expecting an uphill battle this Sunday when they face Papua New Guinea for the second time in the Pacific Championship Bowl final.

The Bati pulled off a clinical performance against the Kumuls last weekend, thrashing the hosts 43-16 which secured them a spot in the bowl final.

“We are expecting a very tough game against the Kumuls because they lost in front of their home crowd so they will be looking to get revenge,” the former national 7s rep said.

“We know they will be coming out stronger this time, but just need to be more vigilant this time around.”

Kativerata said playing against a hurting Kumuls side would be no easy feat, but was adamant his side would be able to get the job done.

“We have to work on not giving away penalties, which was very costly for us in our last game.”

Looking at the performance of his younger players in last weekend’s clash, Kativerata said the Bati had a promising future with upcoming stars in the squad.

“Our younger players played well last weekend, and this just shows us that the Bati has a very promising future with them in the squad.

“Having players such as Bula (Jahream Bula), Qareqare (Jason), and Dogonhoe (Kurt) was an exception during our games with the Kumuls.”

The Fiji Bati side faces the Kumuls at 5pm.