Fiji send New Zealand Kiwis tumbling out of Rugby League World Cup


After their historic quarterfinal win over the New Zealand Kiwis last Saturday, the Vodafone Fiji Bati are on reset mode and start from scratch to prepare for the Australian Kangaroos in the semifinals of the Rugby League World Cup.

Fiji dominated the opening half but only had two points from a Apisai Koroisau penalty at the break.

New Zealand had been looking to get back on track after a stunning upset at the hands of the Tongans last week, the first by a tier two nation against tier one opposition at a World Cup.

The next "giant" standing in Fiji's way is 10-time winners Australia, but captain Kevin Naiqama is not concerned and has full belief they can cause another shock.

No side scored more points than Fiji in the group stage and they thought they had taken a fifth-minute lead through Brayden Williame, only for replays to show the Catalans Dragons player had failed to ground the ball.

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In the 10 games under Kidwell since he took over September previous year, the Kiwis have won three, drawn one and lost six.

"I don't think (there was any more we could have done)".

"I am so proud of these boys".

"I had the utmost belief from the moment we went into camp. It's a dream come true to get it done". It's an unreal feeling, it's unbelievable. "It's as simple as that.".