FORMER Vodafone Cup champions Nadera Panthers have climbed into second spot on the Top 8 points with one round of game remaining.
The Dee Cees-sponsored side defeated Nabua Broncos 18-8 at the Suva Grammar School grounds yesterday.
KBL Saru Dragons continue to lead the points table and look set to have booked a semi-final berth.
Nadera coach Vula Dakuitoga said they were also aiming to secure an early semi-final spot.
"After the round robin competition, the top two in the Top 8 secures semi-final spots while the third, fourth, fifth and sixth placed teams would compete in the play-offs to determine who qualified for the semi-finals," he said.
"The bottom two would be demoted and no team would want to be demoted so the next round of games, which is the last of the round robin, would be very crucial for all teams."
He commended his players for a good effort against the Pack Leader-sponsored Nabua side.
"Our players did really well but there are some areas of concern which I have noted down during the game.
"I will work on those areas later this week to have it sorted before our last round robin match against Sabeto Roosters next weekend."
Meanwhile, in other Top 8 games at the same venue, defending champions Sigatoka Electric Sabeto Roosters thrashed Topline Warriors 44-4 and 2012 champions Fairtade Makoi Bulldogs beat Police Sharks 38-10.
Other results: U18 Nabua Broncos 0 Narere Eels 4, S.Nair Davuilevu Knights 6 Pacific Energy Kinoya Sea Eagles 4
Reserve: City Storm 12 Lami Steelers 12, Narere Eels LBD Davuilevu Knights WBD, Police Sharks 10 Kinoya Sea Eagles 12, Warriors Kings 30 Wailada Warriors 14, Nabua Broncos 22 Topline Warriors 4