Papua New Guinea have been severely underestimated in this clash with Fiji.
There is not a lot of respect being shown to the Kumuls here.
While PNG will send out just four NRL players, they have two genuine stars in Alex Johnston and Justin Olam. They have a major edge in the halves with Lachlan Lam wearing the No.7. And they have depth across the park thanks to the PNG Hunters.
Fiji have a sensational three-quarter line but have little class in the halves. Their pack has top end brilliance in Viliame Kikau and Tui Kamikamica but it falls away sharply outside of those two.
These teams have met four times in the last decade and there has not been a margin bigger than 12. The Kumuls have won two of those. They are a tremendous bet getting double digits as they can win this straight out.
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Alex Johnston has 150 tries in 180 games and has 14 in 14 this season.
Viliame Kikau has scored six tries this season and has eight tries in 11 games for the Bati.
Robert Derby has enjoyed a good season with the Northern Pride scoring five tries in eight games. Notably he has become a tackle break machine, busting 35 tackles. He is going to be very hard to hold out.