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A step away for Top 8 competition

Maciu Malo
Wednesday, September 03, 2014

THE Tuwalu Tigers are just a step away from fulfilling its ultimate dream of rubbing shoulders against the rugby league giants in the FNRL Top 8 competition.

The Navosa-based side defeated Davuilevu Knights 16-10 in the quarter-finals to secure a premier semi-final spot to be held in Lautoka on Saturday.

The hillmen are treating the upcoming battle as the game of their lives.

"This is a do-or-die battle for the team," said FNRL Navosa zone development officer Suliasi Cakautabu.

"This is a must win game for the boys in order to fulfil our goal.

"I commended the players for their commitment and courage in defeating an experienced side such as the Knights in the quarter-finals."

Cakautabu said the team which was formed this year had what it took to win the semi-finals.

And with the services of big names such as former Flying Fijians wingers Sekove Leawere and Isoa Neivua, the side looks set to become the first Navosa team to play in the Vodafone Cup Top 8 competition.

Cakautabu said the major setback faced by the team was the unavailability of training ground.

"The team hardly trains together because there is no playing ground at Vatubalavu and Draubuta villages," he said.

"The players mostly do their own training.

"And for the team to reach this far is a testament of the commitment and sacrifice made by the players."

He added the team would for the first time assemble in camp tomorrow as it sets its focus on the much-anticipated semi-finals clash.

The two premier finalists will automatically secure their spot in the Top 8 competition next season replacing the bottom-two placed teams in the Top 8 division.

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