20th September 10:18 AM
Kiwis coach wary of Bati threat in RLWC quarters
By Apenisa Waqairadovu
Sunday 12/11/2017
NZ Kiwis

New Zealand Rugby League Coach David Kidwell denies the pressure is ramping up on him or his side after falling victim to Tonga 28‑22 in their Rugby League World Cup Pool B decider in Hamilton yesterday.

Kidwell says that there is no embarrassment as Tonga is also a very good side and they are on a different path now as Fiji is on their way.

Kidwell says that the Vodafone Fiji Bati have been playing very well, with a strong back five and having someone like Jarryd Hayne could be of real threat.

New Zealand’s winger Dallin Watene‑Zelezniak who had a 'knock to the knee' during the match against Tonga will be monitored through the week and a decision will be made if he will play in the quarterfinals against the Bati.

The Bati will face New Zealand at 7.30pm next Saturday in Wellington in the quarters while Australia will face Samoa on Friday.

Other quarter-finals will be confirmed tonight when PNG will take on USA at 6pm, Wales will play Ireland at 8.30pm and England will face France at 11pm.

Source: Stuff

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