THE Sigatoka Electric Sabeto Roosters was crowned as the 2013 Vodafone Cup champion after coming from behind to down favourites KBL Saru Dragons 27-18 in the grand final at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday.
It was a repeat of the 2010 grand final scenario when the Roosters came from being 2-14 down at half time to win the title.
Yesterday the Dragons choked after leading 14-7 at the break.
The Roosters coached by Vela Tawake, came alive in the second spell running in four tries to snatch the game from the Dragons.
It was heartbreak for Dragons fans after a scintillating performance from Joseva Waibune who scored all 14 points in the first half.
The Roosters relied on their elite squad members Viliame Rakuli, Peniasi Wakawaka and Livai Naivogo to lead the fight -back.
Tawake said his boys were hungrier for the title.
"It is a repeat of 2010 with our boys showing guts and determination," Tawake said.
"They came alive in the second half. We went in as the underdogs.
"I think my boys wanted it more to win the title.
"The elite squad players stood out. This victory is for all the supporters. We would like to thank the sponsors Sigatoka Electric. After the World Cup we will start our next year's preparation."
Dragons captain Jone Yacadrau said lack of concentration cost them the game.
"We are unlucky again and it is the lack of concentration that let us down," Yacadrau said.
"In the second half we lost a lot of possession. We take the loss in our stride.
"We will have to be better prepared next year.
"There are some boys in the reserve team who will be stepping up to the senior level."
Peceli Teitei, Roger Qoro, Iliesa Saulaca, Rakuli and Wakawaka scored the tries for the Roosters. Waisiki Ramatau kicked a penalty, conversion and drop goal. Aisake Tavutavu kicked the other conversion.
Waibune scored two tries for the Dragons and kicked two conversions and a penalty. Seremaia Koroi scored the lone try for the Dragons in the second half.
The Roosters won $3,000.
Final Results: U14 Roosters 48 Nadi Raiders 0, U16 Dragons 16 Davuilevu Knights 14, U18 Knights 28 Panthers 4, Reserve grade Roosters 36 Dragons 8.