SABETO Roosters is a step closer to clinching their second Vodafone Cup title after beating Namatakula Tigers in the premier quarter-finals at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday.
The Sigatoka Electric-sponsored side overcame a tough challenge from the hosts to win 16-12.
The Roosters led 12-4 at the break following tries from Apete Matacala and Roger Qoro.
The Nadi-based side extended their lead in the opening quarter of the second spell through Jone Levi's try to dash the Tigers' hopes making the semis.
Roosters coach Vela Tawake said the team had to battle hard to overcome a determined Tigers on their home turf.
"Its elimination rounds so the message was clear, to go there and get as many points as we can with the opportunities we had," Tawake said.
"I'm proud of the boys as they executed the game plan properly to advance into the semi-final stages."
Tawake said the win over Tigers had set a good platform for their remaining matches as the side expected tougher challenges in the semi-finals next weekend.
Meanwhile, the remaining premier quarters will be played at the Bidesi and Buckhurst parks in Suva today.
Fair Trade Makoi Bulldogs will play Burenitu Cowboys at 10.30am followed by the Police Sharks and Nadi Eels match at 12noon.
Defending champions Dee Cees Nadera Panthers takes on Hot Bread Kitchen Nabua Broncos in a mouth-watering clash at 1.30pm.
Fiji National Rugby League development officer Sale Tubuna said they were expecting close competition in the remaining quarter-finals. "The teams that will play their cards right tomorrow (today) will play in the semi-final."