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Panthers chase title

Written By : MACIU MALO . Defending Fiji National Rugby League champion Dee Cees Nadera Panthers is trying to repeat their fate in the 90s by winning the rugby league
07 Jun 2008 12:00

image Written By : MACIU MALO . Defending Fiji National Rugby League champion Dee Cees Nadera Panthers is trying to repeat their fate in the 90s by winning the rugby league title for a record six years in a row.
From 1993 to 1998 the Panthers stamped their dominance as the national champion and after missing out a few years they once again proved their authority by again winning the title from 2003 until last year.
Former national rep and Panthers Coach Vula Dakuitoga says the side will be out for a sixth win in row but he knows what to expect from other local teams.
“I know it will be tough as most of my regular team members are away playing overseas and also most teams have improved a lot.”
“So to try and repeat that winning streak comes with a lot of sacrifices and the new boys in the team are aware of the tasks ahead.”
Yesterday at the Suva Grammar School ground the Panthers overcame a fierce Nabua Broncos onslaught before finally winning the game by 24-16.
Despite the win Dakuitoga was least happy with his side’s performance.
“Even though our defence was good, we committed many basic mistakes and we can’t afford this in our remaining matches.”
The former national skipper said discipline proved to be a thorn in his side which resulted to a red card to one of his player.
“We need to improve on our discipline as this could cost us a game.”
Broncos coach Poasa Qiri was unhappy with his boys’ performances and has vowed the side would be a better and improved side in their next game.
“We didn’t complete our set of six tackles and committed many unforced errors hopefully we will improve on this before our next game.”
Meanwhile, the Mango Bay Cowboys from Namatakula still leads the points table with a win by default over Korovou Raiders.
In another encounter yesterday the Makoi Bulldogs defeated City Stormers 36-22.



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