29 Oct 2016

Sport: South Africa seek revenge in Niue league clash

12:38 pm on 29 October 2016

The Niue rugby league are bracing for an opponent intent on revenge during their two-match tour of South Africa.

The Rock ran our resounding 48-4 winners when the teams met in Sydney last year and were subsequently invited to the Republic for an International Tri-Series involving Lebanon and the host nation.

Lebanon pulled the plug a month ago and Niue will now play two tests against the Rhinos in Pretoria.

The first test kicks of Sunday morning and Niue coach Brendan Perenara said they're expecting a tough encounter.

"They want revenge as they said and we're willing to fly over and give them another test match."

"We're going over, we don't nothing about South Africa as none of us have travelled there", he said.

"It's a big experience for a lot of us, especially we're taking on a couple of young lads that have played for the 20s in the NRL so it will be a good experience for all of us too as one to be over there and enjoy the experience that we're going to get," Perenara said.

Niue are the first Pacific Island rugby league nation to tour Africa and Brendan Perenara said the self-funded trip is costing about $AU120,000.

Niue train in Pretoria ahead of their two-test series against South Africa.

Niue train in Pretoria ahead of their two-test series against South Africa. Photo: Niue Rugby League