Fiji’s rugby league team is aiming to beat Samoa and Papua New Guinea on consecutive weekends in order to play tier one opposition next year.

The three sides make up Group B of the Oceania Cup with the top side being promoted to Group A.

Bati coach Brandon Costin was looking forward to the challenge starting with Samoa this weekend although he admitted it would be tough against Toa Samoa with some key players unavailable, including Cronulla Sharks second rower Jayson Bukuya.

Costin said they will would to be at their best if they have any chance of winning on Saturday.

“These games are really important for Samoa, they’re really important for us because you want to be playing against Tonga and New Zealand next year,” Brandon Costin said.

“You want to be playing against Tier 1 nations because then your international ranking will go through the roof,” he said.

Brandon Costin said he was determined to see an improved performance from his side after a disappointing showing at the recent World Nines tournament in Sydney.

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