The Vodafone Fiji Bati side needed that win against Italy at Kingston Park in Newcastle to qualify to the 2022 Rugby League World Cup quarterfinals. This followed Italy’s win against Scotland 28-4 in their Group B clash last week, Fiji ran in 10 tries in a 60-4 win over Italy, earning themselves that quarterfinals spot.
The win is added good news to relish for Fiji as this means that the Bati have secured one in eight spots for the 2025 Rugby League World Cup.
Vodafone Fiji Bati interim head coach Wise Kativerata said the side kept their cool, banking on great defense with Penioni Tagituimua, Viliame Kikau and Maika Sivo all scoring two tries a piece.
“In our match against Australia last week, a lot of people talked about the results by looking at the score-points, but if we really breakdown that game, we did really well in the first 30 minutes until we made some fundamental errors.
We regrouped this week focusing on our match against Italy and I am glad the boys played so brilliantly that we won.”
Kativerata added the next mission now will be against Scotland next week.
“The boys will build from this week to the next, we are just focusing on ourselves and we’re just going to keep working hard on our sets. We know we can score points, if we can defend our goal-lines we’ll give each and every one a run for their money,” he said.
“I must also thank all the supporters out there. I can’t thank them enough, not only here in the UK but everyone from back home and around the World. Vinaka for your support and hopefully the boys do you proud again next week.”
Fiji currently stands at second place behind Australia in Group B with one more match to go this weekend against Scotland. (View updated Table using this link https://bit.ly/3za3IP7)