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Roosters confirm semis spot

Arin Kumar
Sunday, August 24, 2014

DEFENDING Vodafone Cup champions Sabeto Roosters left it late to confirm their spot in the semi-final of the Top 8 competition.

The side beat former champions Dee Cees Nadera Panthers 22-14 at the Suva Grammar School grounds yesterday to climb up to second place on the points table.

Since it was the last of the round robin games, the top two on the points table automatically qualify for the semi-finals.

Coming into the match, it was Nadera that was on second spot and they needed to win to maintain their spot but the Sigatoka Electric-sponsored Roosters had other ideas in mind.

Sabeto coach Vela Tawake said they knew what they had to do and the players knew the responsibility they shouldered in the match.

"We treated this game as a final," he said.

"We told the players that if they wanted to be in the semi-final, they had to win this match.

"Today (yesterday) it was a really hard fought games played at high intensity from both side because both teams wanted to be in the top two but only one can be there."

Tawake said Nadera was a good team that would re-group and play in the play-offs with the aim of reaching the semi-final.

"All teams in the play-offs would now focus on their next match but that doesn't mean we will rest.

"We will draw up a program for the players to train and prepare for the semi-final."

Next week, the third, fourth, fifth and sixth placed teams would compete in the play-offs to determine which side qualifies for the semi-final.

The seventh and eighth placed teams get automatically relegated to the premier competition of the Vodafone Cup.

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