August 31, 2021
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