Australian Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga has challenged his side to respond after a disappointing lead‑up to their semi‑final clash with the Vodafone Fiji Bati. The Kangaroos take on the Bati at Suncorp Stadium tomorrow night but their preparation has been less than ideal, with Meninga describing their Tuesday training session as the worst of their campaign.
Australia cannot afford to be complacent and take it easy this week, with Fiji already proving their credentials after disposing off the second‑ranked New Zealand Kiwis in the quarter‑finals. Meninga insisted that would not be the case, saying those types of training sessions were unavoidable after such a long campaign. Meanwhile Kangaroos captain Cameron Smith says they will not underestimate the Bati.
Despite the poor showing at training, the Kangaroos are still confident heading into tomorrow’s game after disposing of Samoa 46‑0 in their quarter‑final in Darwin. The Vodafone Fiji Bati will take on Australia at 10pm tomorrow while Tonga will play England at 6pm Saturday in the second semi final.
Image and News Credit: “fijivillage.com”