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The Fiji Bati finalised preparations in Suva over the weekend with a World Cup trial against both Australia and Papua New Guinea.

The match was played in thirds with each team having an 80-minute hit-out. Whilst the Bati had gone through a number of training sessions earlier in the week, captain Kevin Naiqama knows there is no way to better prepare yourself than against the best.

"We have seen it, now it's time to polish those mistakes before the Rugby League World Cup in Australia,” Naiqama said.

Even though the Bati went down in both fixtures, the proud Fijian is pleased that the squad now know where they are at and what things need to be worked on over the next fortnight.

"They were both great games and it's good to see those mistakes and iron them out before our first game.”

Fiji went down to Papua New Guinea, 10-nil, and then Australia, 18-nil, but star player Jarryd Hayne agrees that it’s good to know what needs to be worked on.

"We definitely need more time and more sessions as we got two more weeks to work together and get our combinations right," Hayne said.

The regular fullback looks likely to spend more time at five-eighth during the tournament and the Gold Coast Titan knows he needs to improve personally as well.

"The world cup is just around the corner and we need to get our heads right and with the set of boys we have, we can make it through.

"It is very hard to come in and have three sessions and then get in to play, but I think we really did well. We need to get better.

The Fijian side were farewelled at a Church service on Sunday in Suva and will travelled to Australia on Monday where they will continue preparations ahead of their first World Cup match on Saturday, 28 October, against the USA.

Acknowledgement of Country

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