THE Makoi Bulldogs rugby league side is aiming to upset defending champions of the Vodafone Cup Nadera Panthers this weekend so they can feature in their first-ever final.
The two teams will meet for a second time this season but the stakes are higher this time around because it is the semi-finals of the competition.
During round robin competition of the Nasinu zone, the Panthers survived 6-5 against the Fair Trade-sponsored Bulldogs.
The Panthers have been undefeated this season and will be eyeing for another title to their cabinet.
Bulldogs coach Maika Vunivere believes the Panthers can be beaten and he said his team would have to play their cards right on Saturday at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka.
He said their run in the season was successful despite that one loss to the Dee Cees Buses sponsored side.
"It will be a different ball game compared to that round robin loss because a spot in the final is at stake," Vunivere said. "We want to be in our first final. We have never made it to the final, the closest we came was when we made it to the semi-final about five years ago," he said.
The former Fiji Bati said he would train his team to execute the basics right and to play 80 minutes rugby.
The team will be relying on the guidance of their captain Semi Cakau and his second in command Eliki Ledua.
In another semi-final the Police Sharks will battle with the Sabeto Roosters.