By Michael Philip
It was without any notice but the young gun Five-Eight from Tavui in East New Britain Province, Wesley Batari slightly join the Southern Highlands Franchise Team, The Mendi Muruks two weeks ago for the start of the 2020 Digicel Cup campaign.
The decision by the young five-eight was the only option for him to venture into his Rugby League Career as a young rising star Five-Eight. Batari who played for the Gurias last year wearing the number 6 Jersy alongside his half-back Who is also now leading the rampaging Hela Wigmen, Solomon Pokare. Last year Batari was spotted by the PNGNRL and was put on a spotlight for his chance to join the Hunters and The PNG Kumuls due to its own style of playing rugby.
The movement of Batari to Join the Mendi franchise team happened two weeks ago when Kumuls pivot play maker and Half-back Watson Boas was given the opportunity to lead the Rabaul boys for this season giving him the opportunity to wear the No.7 Jersey and bad luck for the young rising star halfback Batari.
However the rising star Five-Eight didn't give up but to search for options to make use of his talented skills in Rugby League which saw him being grab up by the PRK Mendi Muruks to start his training.
Batari's inclusion to the Muruks will help boost the backline for the team so as help feeding the powerhouse forwards with the ball.
After a successful dedication and commitment in training for the last 2weeks Batari was named on the extended bench on Sunday when they faced the Central Dabaris in Port Moresby at the Sir John Guise Stadium. Batari came out with his best on Sunday wearing the No. 14 Jersey which saw them defeating the home side 16 - 14.
The young gun is now ready to play against his former team the Rabaul Gurias for which it will be known as the baptism for Batari in Lae this weekend.
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