THEY were beaten twice in the pool play and Hansons Makoi Bulldogs is hoping to turn the tables around when the side plays Sigatoka Electric Sabeto Roosters for the third time today.
The two will face off in the Fiji National Rugby League Vodafone Cup semi-final at Churchill Park in Lautoka at 12 noon.
Hot Bread Kitchen Nabua Broncos will take on the KBL Saru Dragons in the second semis at 1.35pm.
Defending champions Bulldogs coach Maika Vunivere said they were treating every game like their final in the elimination round.
He said the Roosters would be a tough challenge considering their wins over them in the past two outings this year.
"We didn't start well this season because many of us were committed at work but we started gearing up in the play-offs and started building on the momentum at our training since then," Vunivere said.
"We are ready now. The team is injury free and looking forward to the challenge. We were beaten twice and we will make sure we put things right this time around."
Roosters coach Vela Tawake said Bulldogs would be a different team in the elimination rounds.
He said they had to play their cards right in order to stop the Southerners for the third time this year.
"We have covered a lot of areas but our biggest setback is lack of game time. Makoi Bulldogs have been playing throughout and they have been consistent with their performance."
Vunivere thanked their sponsors Hansons Supermarket along with Fairtrade Autoparts and Ram Sami and Sons for their support.