24th September 03:49 AM
Kikau big threat to New Zealand Warriors
By Semi Turaga
Friday 07/09/2018
Penrith second rower Viliame Kikau

Containing Penrith second rower Viliame Kikau will be essential if the Warriors are to win their opening National Rugby league playoff match in Sydney tomorrow night.

Kikau has been one of the competition's leading attackers this season ‑ picking up from last year's World Cup, when he terrorised the Kiwis in the Bati's famous 4‑2 quarter‑final win.

Kikau also made life difficult for the Warriors during their 30‑point thumping of the Warriors in Penrith in July although the Warriors bounced back in Auckland, winning 36‑16.

Warriors second‑rower Tohu Harris concedes they will be stretched to contain Kikau.

The Warriors coach Stephen rates former Fiji schools rugby union representative Kikau as one of several threats in a Panthers team who were missing then injured five‑eighth James Maloney at Mt Smart Stadium two weeks ago.

In the NRL qualifying finals this week, Melbourne Storm meet the Rabbitohs at 9.50 tonight, the Panthers clash with the Warriors at 7.40pm Saturday, the Roosters meet the Sharks at 9.50pm Saturday while the Broncos face the Dragons at 6.10pm Sunday.

[Source: AAP]

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