NADROGA hopes to bounce back from the narrow loss to Ba in the opening round of the national league when they take on Labasa this weekend.
Nadroga secretary Garfil Coster said they had been working hard during training for the past few days trying to rectify areas where they were weak in against Ba.
Coster said while they were disappointed with the loss to Ba, they were hopeful of a better outing in the second round of the league.
A goal to Tuimasi Manuca in the second-half was enough for Ba to beat Nadroga at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka last Saturday.
Coster said he believed they could win their first game this season when they host Labasa at Lawaqa Park on Saturday.
"I believe we can beat Labasa this week and the return of some of our key players has strengthened our line-up," Coster said.
"We will be relying on players like Archie Watkins and Luke Rawadamu to lead our young team in the two games we play this weekend."
Nadroga play Savusavu on Sunday at Churchill Park in Lautoka in its second match.
Coster said coach Waisea Tale had been working hard with players at training during the week and the focus was on improving from where they left off last weekend.
"The team had regrouped after that loss and the team spirit is high and the players are all looking forward to a much better game this week.
"Nadroga soccer this year is relying on all its home grown players and with the leadership of players like Watkins and Rawadamu, we believe we can improve from our standings last year," Coster said.
This week's matches:
Prince Charles Park, Nadi - Navua-Ba 1:30pm; Nadi- Rewa 3:30pm
Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka - Nadroga-Labasa 1:30pm; Lautoka- Savusavu 3:30pm
Churchill Park, Lautoka - Nadroga- Savusavu 1:30pm; Lautoka- Labasa 3:30pm