6 May 2016

Sport: Fiji Bati claim underdog tag

12:20 pm on 6 May 2016

Fiji has made an attempt at grabbing the underdog tag in tomorrow's rugby league test against Papua New Guinea.

Fiji won last year's encounter but coach Mick Potter says some of the familiarity that comes with having 11 Hunters player in the team could assist the Kumuls.

Former Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter will take charge of Fiji for the Pacific Test in May.

Fiji coach Mick Potter Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Potter also said their athleticism could pose problems.

"They look very quick in their backline and Baptiste is coming off the bench and he is a quality player for Canberra," he said.

"There's a lot of Hunters players playing and I think that's going to make it most difficult for us. Probably overall if you look at the player quality and standard and where they've been playing at, PNG on paper would probably pip us at the post."

"That doesn't mean they're necessarily going to win."

Potter said Fiji will try to entertain but the team still needs to bring a balanced approach to the game.

He said the aim will play a typically Fijian style with flair.

"Wanting to play the way the Fijians play is probably what I am trying to facilitate and bring that out in them and not make the game too complicated," he said.

"Make it entertaining but ultimately what you need to do is keep your errors down. It's hard to have that balance and that's probably the key word for this particularly team and obviously we want plenty of quality there."

Fiji Bati back Akuila Uate.

Fiji Bati back Akuila Uate. Photo: Photosport