DEFENDING Vodafone Cup champions Sigatoka Electric Sabeto Roosters are back in the running for their Top 8 title defence after a hard fought 8-5 victory over Pack Leader Nabua Broncos yesterday.
Simione Junior Nadakuitavuki scored their lone try while Peniasi Wakawaka kicked two penalties in the victory at the Suva Grammar School grounds.
The visitors returned to winning ways after a series of mixed results in round one competition.
Team captain Jone Sariri said they were made to work hard for the win by the gutsy Nabua players who refused to back down.
"It's always a tough match playing away from home because the players are tired from travelling," he said.
"And it was no different against Nabua because they played really good and made us work very hard to get the win."
Nabua coach Aporosa Vosataki said his players did well but couldn't find the gaps to score the tries.
"They gave it a good shot and kept the Sabeto players at bay," he said.
"But we just couldn't hold onto the ball for too long to complete our six tackles and I think that contributed towards our loss.
"Also we failed to execute our game-plan deep inside Sabeto territory and so we were not able to score the points."
In another Top 8 match at the same venue, former Vodafone Cup champions Dee Cees Nadera Panthers recorded a 12-8 win over 2012 champion Fairtrade Makoi Bulldogs.
Playmaker Metui Koroi was the standout player for Nadera as he scored one try and kicked two conversions in the match.
Nadera coach Vula Dakuitoga said his side improved in a lot of areas following their 30-6 loss to the Saru Dragon last week.
"Makoi is a very good team and they know what it takes to win but we prepared after our loss last week where most of the decisions were not in our favour," he said.
"But I told the boys to forget that loss and focus on Makoi and that is what they did and all credit to the boys for their performance."