REIGNING Vodafone Cup champion Sabeto Roosters anticipate a torrid battle against the Nabua Broncos in this weekend's Top 8 feature match.
Roosters' head coach Vela Tawake said his troops had prepared well for the battle knowing the Broncos would be out to avenge their loss in the first round.
He said despite missing the services of six members from their winning team of last year, he was confident his side would do wonders against the Broncos.
Tawake said he would expose few senior reserve players in this much-anticipated battle.
"Nabua is expected to be at their best on Saturday," he said.
"We are also expecting a tough game from them since they will be hosting the game.
"We defeated them in the first round and I am sure they will use this game to avenge their earlier loss.
"The boys know what is expected of them and we need a win to improve our standings on the points table."
Tawake said defending the title was tough but he was confident his players had what it took to retain the cup for another year.
"We will be the target of all teams being the defending champion," he said.
"Nabua will also need a win to maintain its spot in the top six spot.
"The boys have been urged to lift their game and to maintain consistency in order to successfully defend the title."
Roosters lost to Saru Dragons in their first match in round two but bounced back to beat Burenitu Cowboys last week. A win against the Broncos would cement their spot in the top four.