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Roosters in semis

Zanzeer Singh
Sunday, August 11, 2013

2010 champions Sigatoka Electric Sabeto Roosters qualified for the Vodafone Cup semi-finals after beating CK Ezy Buy Topline Warriors 23-20 in a nail biting quarter-final at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday.

The Roosters held a comfortable 17-8 lead at the break but the Warriors came back firing in the second spell and nearly pulled off an upset win.

Fitness proved to be a concern for the Roosters in the final quarter but they managed to hold on to remain alive in the competition.

Ball handling was the downfall for both teams as the players tried to offload in the tackles.

Roosters coach Vela Tawake said he had anticipated a strong challenge from the Warriors.

He said they seemed to slow down in the last 20 minutes.

'"I was expecting a tight game especially after the Warriors beat the Namuaniwaqa Sea Eagles in Ra," Tawake said.

"In the second half we slowed down a bit. I believe our fitness was a drawback. It showed in the last 20 minutes.

"But hats off to our lock Livai Naivogo and captain Josateki Savou for their outstanding performance.

"We are likely to face Makoi Bulldogs in the semi-finals. If that happens then it will be a repeat of last year's final. We still have to improve in some areas before that game."

Jone Sariri, Kelemedi Silikiwai, Tevita Nabaro and Naivogo scored a try each for the Roosters. Waisiki Ramatau kicked two conversions and a drop goal. Iliesa Saulaca kicked a conversion.

For the Warriors, Josua Koroivalu scored a hat trick of tries and kicked a conversion. Manasa Davui scored the other try while Elimi Kurusiga kicked a penalty.

In another match the KBL Saru Dragons defeated Burenitu Cowboys 22-16.





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