November 21, 2017
The Kangaroos are set to launch “Operation Kill Bill” as they move to shut down Fiji’s giant second-rower Viliame Kikau in their Rugby League World Cup semifinal clash in Brisbane on Friday night.
The 22-year-old Penrith powerhouse goes by the nickname “Bill” and Kangaroos forward Reagan Campbell-Gillard says he is well aware of the devastation Kikau can cause after watching him “terrorising people” in the Intrust Super Premiership this year.
Kikau stands at 195cm and weighs in at 119kg.
He will be one of the biggest units on either side in the semi-final, and a mobile one as well.
The Fijian forward has not lost any of his six Tests and has been one of the stars of the World Cup for the Bati.
He has scored three tries, made five line breaks and run for 670m in four games.
Campbell-Gillard said his Penrith teammate would be a handful at Suncorp Stadium and must be contained.
“He goes by ‘Bill’, and ‘Kicks’ is another one of his nicknames. He is a massive giant and he will be a massive task for us,” he told NRL.com
Campbell-Gillard said Kikau, who played nine NRL games in 2017 and has signed at Penrith until the end of 2019, had a big future after finding his niche in the back row for Fiji.
“He probably hasn’t done much in the NRL because front row isn’t his position.When he has gone back to [NSW] Cup he was playing on the edge and running rabid and terrorising a lot of people.”
“We have already got back-rowers at Penrith so it is kind of hard for him to fight for a position and get one. He is one of those ones that will just bide his time and develop really well,” he added.
Kikau and the Vodafone Fiji Bati will take on the Kangaroos at 10pm (Fiji Time) on Friday.
By Reginald Chandar