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Who Will It Be?

Who Will It Be?
September 12
20:46 2014

The Fair Trade Makoi Bulldogs is prepared for a tough battle against KBL Saru Dragons in the Vodafone Cup’s Top 8 grand final tomorrow.

Bulldogs head coach Maika Vunivere said yesterday that although Dragons have won on the past two encounters during pool rounds, they would not allow that to happen this time.

“We respect them but this time around it will be different,” the nonsense coach said.

“We are preparing well, we did some hard yards this week in order to contain the big Saru Dragons pack.”

Vunivere said they have worked on their mistakes which were exploited during their semifinal against defending champions Sabeto Roosters.

“We have learned from our past mistakes, we have talked it over on Sunday and Monday in the areas that we lack in and we have been tidying them up this week,” Vunivere said.

“Come Saturday, we will make sure that we won’t commit the same mistakes we have done in our past games against them.

“We are working on our passing and handling. Most of the time we drop the ball on our defence I think our second game this year they beat us on the very last minute where they attacked us in the middle of our ruck area so this time around we will tighten all our ruck areas.”

Bulldogs captain Etika Rokobuli said they have surpassed their goal this year by reaching the final, as they bowed out of the semifinals last year to Sabeto Roosters

“We are ready for the tough encounter.

“Our goal this year was to go past where we left off last year and we managed to do that by reaching the final and we are working on strategies and plans in order to meet our counterparts,” Rokobuli continued on.

Dragons skipper Waisea Bati said regardless of them beating Bulldogs in the pool games, they anticipate a very tough game.

“For us it’s been very tough year, even though we reached the finals, we couldn’t get the Vodafone Cup.

“Compared to the Bulldogs team, they have been a Vodafone Cup holder for a year. We respect them and will play just like we have been playing in our past games.”

The grand final kicks off at 2.05pm at Churchill Park in Lautoka.

The prize-money for the winners and runner- up will total to $10,000 with the break down are as follows;

Top 8 winner- $2,500, runner-up $1250, Premier winner- $1, 550, runner up $800, Reserve winner- $800, runner-up $400,

U18 winner- $700, runner-up $350,

U16 winner- $600, runner- up $300

U14 winner- $500 and runner up $250.

 

 

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