August 31, 2021
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I am ok to come off the bench: Kikau

Fiji Bati and Penrith Panthers star forward Viliame Kikau says coming off the bench late in a match does not bother him much.

Kikau was benched a fortnight ago after a quiet effort by his own standards in Round 22 but the Fijian international has responded since with strong performances.

His 209-metre effort against Wests Tigers last week came with a season-high 11 tackle busts while he also stood up in the finals-like win over South Sydney a week earlier with 155 metres.

While Kikau may not be used off the bench for the finals, the thought of him coming onto the paddock after 20 minutes is a favourable one for the Panthers.

"I reckon it would be good for the team," Kikau told NRL.com.

"I don't find it any different … coming off the bench after 20 minutes I try to bring that energy.”

"I think I love doing that and am looking forward to that, whatever the team needs I am ready to do it.”

Kikau is among the side's biggest culprits with 23 handling errors for the season – the most of any forward in the competition. 

"Myself personally, I've been trying to cut down on the errors. The last month or so I was making heaps of errors for the team and it's not a good thing," he admitted.

"It's not an excuse but it won't take that long for the boys to get back together and get the plays going."

By Romeka Romena  

 


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