THE Nadera Panthers rugby league side is confident of upsetting Saru Dragons in the Top 8 Vodafone Cup competition today.
The two sides face-off in the feature match of the round at 12.35pm at the Suva Grammar School grounds.
The KBL-sponsored Dragons side are the front-runners in the competition after their 16-6 win over defending champions Sigatoka Electric Sabeto Roosters at the Ra Sports Ground in Rakiraki last week.
However, the Dee Cees-sponsored-Panthers have set their sights on clawing down the Dragons today.
Team coach Vula Dakuitoga said even though they had not played any games this season, their preparation should carry them through.
"We haven't performed well in the past two years and our aim this year is to return to champion status," he said.
"So our preparation for this season was target orientated and to achieve that target, the players would need to put in a lot of hard work, be committed and make a lot of sacrifices."
Dakuitoga rated the Dragons highly and asked his players to step up in the game today.
"The Dragons are always a good side with good attack from both their forwards and backline and they proved their intentions with a win last week.
"Our goal is to win and we will only focus on our game plan and match them on the field tomorrow (today)."