Fiji Time: 3:21 PM on Monday 24 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

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.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65020.6312
JPY 51.786748.7867
GBP 0.39950.3915
EUR 0.44950.4375
NZD 0.68980.6568
AUD 0.64760.6226
USD 0.49350.4765



Exchange Rate updated on 21st October, 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Drop in roll
  2. Hunt on for sex assault suspect
  3. Villagers fear for safety
  4. Abuse on the streets
  5. Fiji pearls make history
  6. Village diving expedition turns tragic
  7. Teenager finds body in a creek
  8. Villagers turn to sea cucumbers for income
  9. Year 13 exam starts
  10. Farmers harvest cane despite challenges

Top Stories this Week

  1. Former flight attendant invests in farming business Wednesday (19 Oct)
  2. Calls for USP vice chancellor to step down Tuesday (18 Oct)
  3. 'I heard Soko screaming in pain' Friday (21 Oct)
  4. A daughter's sacrifice Thursday (20 Oct)
  5. Dad's cry for justice Tuesday (18 Oct)
  6. 'I never knew Soko' Thursday (20 Oct)
  7. Hero's welcome Wednesday (19 Oct)
  8. 18 workers on the run Tuesday (18 Oct)
  9. Death probe Sunday (23 Oct)
  10. Fijians at heart Wednesday (19 Oct)