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Giants to clash

Arin Kumar
Friday, May 16, 2014

IN a repeat of last year's final, Sabeto Roosters and Saru Dragon will face-off in the feature match of the opening round of the Vodafone Cup tomorrow.

Last year, it was the Sigatoka Electric-sponsored Roosters that got the better of the Dragons, winning 27-18 at Churchill Park in Lautoka.

And this time around, they are hoping for a similar outcome to set a good platform for the rest of the season.

Roosters coach Vela Tawaka said even though his side was not the same as the one last season, they were confident of victory.

"Eight boys have left for overseas contracts so we have brought in the players from the reserve grade to premier," he said.

"But preparations were quite good and we are targeting a win so that it sets a standard for the season."

He said the KBL Buses-sponsored Dragons would be tough because they would want to avenge their loss in the final last season.

"I always rate them highly because we learnt the sport from them.

"They were the original western champions and they played in the final last year so they will definitely be tough."

Dragons assistant coach Solomone Qetia said they would do their talking on the field.

"We also lost some boys to overseas contracts but we did our preparations to the best of our abilities," he said.

"Roosters are the defending champions, they would want to keep their status so they will come out firing and so we will give them a good game on Saturday."

The first round of games in the Top 8 and premier grade competition will be played tomorrow at the Ra Sports Ground in Rakiraki.

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