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‘We’re in the business of slaying giants’

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND — NOVEMBER 18: Kevin Naiqama of Fiji celebrates after winning the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Quarter Final match between New Zealand and Fiji at Westpac Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND — NOVEMBER 18: Kevin Naiqama of Fiji celebrates after winning the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Quarter Final match between New Zealand and Fiji at Westpac Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

JARRYD Hayne has a message for Australia: "We're in the business of slaying giants.''

The emotional Bati said they had drawn on their belief in God to beat New Zealand, and would now seek the same help to take down the Kangaroos.

The Bati sang a hymn on the ground before the game, and joined with the Kiwis in prayer after the match.

Hayne credited the team's beliefs for helping pulling off last night's massive upset.

"It's not talent that we got the win, it's not ability, it's our belief in God, it's as simple as that,'' Hayne said.

"When you come together as a group and you don't have the most talent or most ability and you lean on God to find a way for you, you have victories like this.

"It's overwhelming. We slayed a giant tonight and we prepared for it all week, we prepared for it all tournament.''

Hayne controlled proceedings well for the Bati.
Hayne controlled proceedings well for the Bati.

Fiji reached the 2008 World Cup semi-final - a tournament that Hayne has credited for helping transform his life and career.

"We laid the foundations in '08 and we have seen the fruits in '17,'' Hayne said.

"It's an unreal feeling. It's unbelievable. It's something that you don't see very often and this win today goes to our belief in God, as a team leaning on him.''

Hayne will now face the Kangaroos after helping lead them win the 2013 World Cup tournament.

The TAB has installed Fiji as $10 underdogs against the red-hot $1.05 favourites.

"We're in the business of slaying giants,'' Hayne said.

Can Fiji defeat Australia?
Can Fiji defeat Australia?

"We got one tonight, and it's the biggest test next week, it's as simple as that.

"We''ve been preparing well and we know what's coming but we've got a big week ahead of us and we'll be preparing well like we did this week. Our strength comes from God and nothing else.

Captain Kevin Naiqama broke down in tears at full-time.

"I am so lost for words,'' Naiqama said. "I just have to thank God in this moment, we couldn't have done it without of him. He's been forefront of this camp. I am just going to keep proclaiming the name, 'Jesus'.''