Re: Fiji Bati thrashed 64-10 by KUMULS

Re: Fiji Bati thrashed 64-10 by KUMULS

Josefa Makaba
Josefa Makaba

July 23rd, 2009, 4:15 am #1

THE Fiji Bati was thrashed 64-10 in the opening Test against the Papua New Guinea Kumuls in Mount Hagen yesterday afternoon.

The Bati had no answer for the powerful display by the Kumuls who scored 10 tries in the match.

Bati manager Mesake Navugona said the Bati lost the plot even before the start of the game.

He said the Bati were unsettled by the situation they faced from the first day they arrived in PNG.

"From the time we arrived at the airport, we have been escorted by armed security guards and that is something new for our boys and it affected their game," Navugona said.

"For most our players this was the first time for them to play in front of more than 5000 fans all cheering for the opposition. And to top it off while we were getting ready to play we could hear gunshots fired and I believe this was just too much for our boys to handle."

Navugona said he felt sorry for the players as they were unsettled by the whole scenario that they didn't play according to their game-plan.

"For some of our players this is their first trip out of the country and to face that kind of situation ... I just can't blame them for the way they played," Navugona said.

He said he was worried about the players' safety while they were on the field.

Navugona said another factor for the big loss was playing at high altitude.

"For most of our players this was the first time for them to be playing at such an altitude and their performance really dropped as the game progressed." But the dual international said they will not dwell on the result of yesterday's match.

The important thing, he said, is for the team to regroup and focus on their second Test.

"We told the players after the match that we have to regroup and concentrate on our next match," Navugona said.

"We told them that we need to look at the brighter side of things and take on board what good we have learnt from that game."

Navugona said he was happy his men tasted the best of PNG rugby league and they now can set out their plan as they know what to expect in the second Test.

"While it was a baptism of fire for these guys, it was also a good experience for them to play in PNG as it will help them build their confidence," Navugona said from Mount Hagen yesterday.

Seven new players made their debut in yesterday's Test.

The seven were Seruvi Ralulu, Esira Dokoni, Lasaro Turagadrau, Viliame Tukana, Timoci Yauvoli, Jovilisi Tawake and Etuate Tagicakibau.

Captain Iowane Divavesi led by example from the frontrow but even with eight players from the team that went to the Rugby League Cup last year in the team, they found the Kumuls hard to stop.

The Kumuls led 30-4 at the break.

Tries for the Bati were scored by Jo Ravueta and Nemani Suguturaga.



source:http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=125999


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Anonymous
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July 23rd, 2009, 4:28 am #2

Fucinn bulsit, how dare he came up with all these rubish? Kumuls will still kill them in the second game mark mmy word. Go kumuls
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proud pngean 4 life
proud pngean 4 life

July 23rd, 2009, 4:32 am #3

go the kumuls !!![angry face] YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH !!!
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July 23rd, 2009, 4:39 am #4

Fijians usually look down on us and when they get wrong they come up with excuses. Fuc the Bati's captain who made nasty comments about our country. we are law abiding country and can't open fire with guns everywhere? fuc fijians. go kumuls
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July 23rd, 2009, 5:27 am #5

tru yah, at least we are still a democracy.
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July 23rd, 2009, 6:51 am #6

THE Fiji Bati was thrashed 64-10 in the opening Test against the Papua New Guinea Kumuls in Mount Hagen yesterday afternoon.

The Bati had no answer for the powerful display by the Kumuls who scored 10 tries in the match.

Bati manager Mesake Navugona said the Bati lost the plot even before the start of the game.

He said the Bati were unsettled by the situation they faced from the first day they arrived in PNG.

"From the time we arrived at the airport, we have been escorted by armed security guards and that is something new for our boys and it affected their game," Navugona said.

"For most our players this was the first time for them to play in front of more than 5000 fans all cheering for the opposition. And to top it off while we were getting ready to play we could hear gunshots fired and I believe this was just too much for our boys to handle."

Navugona said he felt sorry for the players as they were unsettled by the whole scenario that they didn't play according to their game-plan.

"For some of our players this is their first trip out of the country and to face that kind of situation ... I just can't blame them for the way they played," Navugona said.

He said he was worried about the players' safety while they were on the field.

Navugona said another factor for the big loss was playing at high altitude.

"For most of our players this was the first time for them to be playing at such an altitude and their performance really dropped as the game progressed." But the dual international said they will not dwell on the result of yesterday's match.

The important thing, he said, is for the team to regroup and focus on their second Test.

"We told the players after the match that we have to regroup and concentrate on our next match," Navugona said.

"We told them that we need to look at the brighter side of things and take on board what good we have learnt from that game."

Navugona said he was happy his men tasted the best of PNG rugby league and they now can set out their plan as they know what to expect in the second Test.

"While it was a baptism of fire for these guys, it was also a good experience for them to play in PNG as it will help them build their confidence," Navugona said from Mount Hagen yesterday.

Seven new players made their debut in yesterday's Test.

The seven were Seruvi Ralulu, Esira Dokoni, Lasaro Turagadrau, Viliame Tukana, Timoci Yauvoli, Jovilisi Tawake and Etuate Tagicakibau.

Captain Iowane Divavesi led by example from the frontrow but even with eight players from the team that went to the Rugby League Cup last year in the team, they found the Kumuls hard to stop.

The Kumuls led 30-4 at the break.

Tries for the Bati were scored by Jo Ravueta and Nemani Suguturaga.



source:http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=125999

dude its just a GAME so get the FCUK ova it....
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July 23rd, 2009, 6:58 am #7

tru yah, at least we are still a democracy.
LOL...so much funny re: hearing gunshots in the background (first time experience). If he ever played at the TFL stadium he would hear the machine gun fire at riffle range every bloody day from sunrise to sunset. Maybe he thought the riffle range gunshots were the clashing of the grog bilo at the taxi stand or most likely to grogged out to comprehend the noise.
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eu wantok
eu wantok

July 23rd, 2009, 1:21 pm #8

Fijians usually look down on us and when they get wrong they come up with excuses. Fuc the Bati's captain who made nasty comments about our country. we are law abiding country and can't open fire with guns everywhere? fuc fijians. go kumuls
Look down long where! Here where I am working in Europe. The Fijians are labourers! Who the hell are they!

You'll find most of them in the UK army, etc, in some minimum wages jobs, whilst on the other end - you see PNGeans are educated professionals plying their trade where they are trained and earning good mega money!

Fijians aren't what they think they are! The melanesian Fijians are lazy buggers! Its the Fijian Indians who work hard and achieve loads!

Common PNG Kumuls make us proud - we have the best RL national team in all of the South Pacific island nations.
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July 23rd, 2009, 11:29 pm #9

dude its just a GAME so get the FCUK ova it....
lol i know but its true most fijians do think they are better than us png people so im so glad kumuls smashed them bloody bolsolups i hope they get smashed in round two!
Good to see our boys bounce back!
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Anonymous
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July 24th, 2009, 12:47 am #10

just like typical pngeans!!!! what do you think he ment about png being a very violent nation, there is a message behind the news. After the murders of three innocent young people in Pom when the rugby team won in Australia, of course it is a natural thing for the captain to worry about his players. What do you think if Fiji had won this game? Just think, I can see people running out with bush knives, axes, bows, arrows, spears = more likely quicker with a machine guns to mower the Fijian Players. That was the picture the Fijian Captain and his players picturing.

All the comments are bias and uncall for by pngeans. He was not attacking or running png down, he was stating the fact how outsiders see PNG for what it is.

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