Viliame Kikau throws petrol on fiery grand final feud with Souths: Penrith star says Jai Arrow wanted to fight him during big game and dismisses ‘glory glory’ sledge as ‘fun and games’
- Penrith and South Sydney will meet in NRL grand final replay on Friday night
- Panthers backrower Viliame Kikau said Jai Arrow ‘wanted to fight him’ last year
- Adds spice to the round four encounter, with Nathan Cleary back for hosts
Penrith star Viliame Kikau can expect plenty of attention from South Sydney’s defenders on Friday night after stating Jai Arrow ‘wanted to fight’ him during last year’s fiery NRL grand final.
Backrower Kikau, 26, also dismissed his now infamous post game ‘glory glory’ sledge as nothing more than ‘fun and games.’
Despite stating otherwise this week, Arrow is likely to be gunning for Kikau in the grand final replay at Bluebet Stadium.
The Fijian international collected Arrow with a high shot in the decider last October at Suncorp Stadium, with the Rabbitohs forward later failing a concussion test at halftime.
He played just 16 minutes in the biggest game of his life, which Penrith won 14-12.
Penrith star Viliame Kikau (pictured right) will be a clear target for South Sydney’s defenders on Friday night after stating earlier this week Jai Arrow ‘wanted to fight’ him during last year’s grand final
Fijian international Kikau collected Arrow (pictured) with a high shot, with the Rabbitohs forward later failing a concussion test at halftime
Kikau (pictured with teammate Jarome Luai) also dismissed his now infamous post game ‘glory glory’ sledge as nothing more than ‘fun and games’
Kikau this week revealed the Queensland Origin representative wanted to fight him after the hit that saw him placed on report.
‘I’m not really a fighter. I didn’t say anything to him. It’s not boxing,’ he said.
‘It got fiery. It’s footy – what happens on the field stays on the field. ‘He (Arrow) is a great player.’
When footage later emerged of Kikau seemingly mocking the Rabbitohs by singing their team song, Glory, Glory to South Sydney, it wasn’t forgotten at Redfern.
Kikau put the light-hearted stunt down to ‘fun and games off the field’ and ‘too many beers’ that flowed in the grand final celebrations.
Arrow has added some spice to the eagerly awaited showdown after stating that his rival definitely ‘clocked him’.
‘He got me straight away in my first carry,’ he told NRL.com. ‘He got me a good one, but it is what it is.
‘No doubt there will be a bit of fireworks and both packs will go after each other.’
Kick-off on Friday night is 8.05pm (AEST).
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