A NEW Vodafone Cup winner will be crowned in this year's Fiji National Rugby League competition following the 4-20 semi-final loss of defending champion Hansons Makoi Bulldogs to Sigatoka Electric Sabeto Roosters at Churchill Park yesterday.
The final will be a tussle between the two Western teams after the ever-impressive KBL Saru Dragons demolished Hot Bread Kitchen Nabua Broncos 40-10 in a one-sided second semi-final affair.
The Roosters' win was also sweet revenge after going down to the Bulldogs in last year's final.
The Bulldogs did their best to overcome the Rosters onslaught under the scorching Western heat but it was the class, determination and the brickwall defence of the Roosters that denied the Makoi-based side the win.
The Roosters played a sound defensive game, preventing their bulky opposition from crossing their tryline as they romped away to a 4-try win.
Hard-hitting Rooster Roger Qoro was a thorn in the opposition, scoring two tries to set his team for a repeat of 2010 FNRL final. The 2010 final was won by the Roosters after defeating Saru in the final.
The Dragons on the other hand will be the team to beat in the final after a comprehensive eight-try demolition over the young Broncos outfit.
Yasawa flyer Eroni Lima provided the much-needed spark in the Saru backline and was later rewarded with two tries.
Lanky forward Ovaova Rokotakava also registered two tries while Jone Yacadrau, Joseva Waibune, Josefa Vetaukula and Aminiyasi Yaroi scored a try each.
Blockbusting forward Semisi Tora played a vital role in the game with breaking runs that ripped the defence apart to set up the first two tries for his team.
The former Fiji Bati rep was also tough in defence unleashing smashing hits that rattled the opposition.
Tora's brutality and bombarding runs was evident when he knocked out a Nabua player later in the second spell.
With more work needed on his discipline, he will be one of Fiji's trump cards at the Rugby League World Cup.
Saru mentor Tevita Volavola commended his warriors for their efforts but later urged them that the job was yet to be completed.
The side is yet to win the Vodafone Cup and has cautioned his boys to learn from their mistakes and to win the final.
Volavola said the Roosters would be a tough nut to crack and was anticipating a tough encounter in the final.
"The boys performed great in the semi-final but again we still have another lap to cross," he said.
"We lost to the Roosters in the 2010 final but we want to make our presence felt this year.
The final will be held in Lautoka next week.
Results: Sigatoka Electric Sabeto Roosters-20-4 Hansons Makoi Bulldog; KBL Saru Dragains 40-10 Hot Bread Kitchen Nabua Broncos.