FIJI Bati Apisai Nabou will spearhead the Sigatoka Electric Sabeto Roosters against the Police Sharks in the semi-final of the Fiji National Rugby League Vodafone Cup at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka this morning.
Nabou, the second rower, represented the national side during the two-match tour of Papua New Guinea last year.
He is the only national rep in the side.
Roosters coach Vela Tawake said the club was on a development phase after losing four key players to overseas clubs.
"This year we just want to see how far we can go," Tawake said.
"We know that it will be an uphill battle against the Sharks. But we will not make things easy for them.
"The focus at training has been on the defence. The players have done the hard work during training. Now we have to execute our game plan on the field."
The four Rooster players who secured overseas contracts this year include Peniasi Wakawaka, Iliesa Takubu, Viliame Rakuli and Jone Sariri. The Roosters have tasted victory in the FNRL competition having won the title back in 2010.
Tawake said they would miss their overseas-based players.
"But the other boys have stepped into the role well," Tawake said.
"We want to make a positive start in the match. The first 20 minutes will be very important to lay a good platform. This year things have been different as we have only played clubs in the Nadi conference. So we don't know much about the opposition."
The Roosters versus Sharks match will kick-off at 11.25am. The second semi-final between Dee Cees Nadera Panthers and Fair Trade Makoi Bulldogs will start at 12.50pm.