Fiji Time: 12:37 PM on Wednesday 29 July

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

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.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61450.5955
JPY 59.248756.2487
GBP 0.30390.2959
EUR 0.42940.4174
NZD 0.71770.6847
AUD 0.65130.6263
USD 0.47710.4601

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 29th July 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Final goodbye
  2. Suspended teacher to explain
  3. $114m highway opens
  4. Prison overcrowding
  5. Unequal income a challenge
  6. $20m early repayment
  7. PM tells villagers to take advantage
  8. Family support drives Isaac to pursue career in music
  9. Team works on road improvement
  10. Child labour worry

Top Stories this Week

  1. Nightmare Thursday (23 Jul)
  2. Deaths haunt 15-year-old Monday (27 Jul)
  3. Nakasi rape suspect in court Sunday (26 Jul)
  4. Dad dies, kids worry Tuesday (28 Jul)
  5. Three dead Sunday (26 Jul)
  6. Distraught mum recalls promise Tuesday (28 Jul)
  7. Where's the money Friday (24 Jul)
  8. Truck sinks into town road Monday (27 Jul)
  9. Flying Fijians spoil Samoan celebrations Monday (27 Jul)
  10. Court date for minister Thursday (23 Jul)