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Cowboys Outrun Panthers

The Dee Cees Nadera Panthers are out of the Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) Vodafone Cup Top 8 title run after they were defeated by Burenitu Cowboys of Ra in
13 Sep 2015 10:28
Cowboys Outrun Panthers
The Burenitu Cowboys at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, yesterday.

The Dee Cees Nadera Panthers are out of the Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) Vodafone Cup Top 8 title run after they were defeated by Burenitu Cowboys of Ra in the quarterfinals at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday.

The Cowboys beat the Panthers 26 – 14. And adding salt to the wound  were former national 7s reps, Vereniki Waqa and Neumi Nanuku who played instrumental roles yesterday.

Cowboys captain Nanuku commended his players for their effort in taking them to this week’s semifinals.

“We are a new team and we have made it through the Vodafone Cup Top 8 quarterfinals. We made a lot of mistakes and we’re going to work hard while preparing for next week’s game,” Nanuku, who retired from rugby union after few years of rugby contract in France.

Cowboys’ coach Josefa Nayacatabu said two weeks of solid preparation had been paid off.

“We’ve been training at the Ra High School grounds. Our aim was to make it through the quarterfinals. We have done that and we are in the semifinals.  We expected a very tough game from the Panthers because they’ve been playing this sport for the past ten years. We started five years ago but we knew we were up against a champion, so we prepared well,” Nayacatabu said.

 

Nabua Broncos

Another top team that made it to the semis is Nabua Broncos.

They beat Fair Trade Makoi Bulldogs 16 – 10 to secure a place for this week’s games.  Coach Aporosa Vosataki said their players who had been carrying injuries from past matches and who came off the bench in the second spell made impacts on the match.

“We gave away a lot of penalties that resulted in the Bulldogs’ two tries, a penalty and a conversion,” Vosataki said.

Their third try in the last minute by captain Jo Tabuya was disallowed.

“We are disappointed by the touch judge who disallowed one of our tries and told us it was a knock-on at the 40 metre line,” Vosataki said

He said they would be working on their rucks and markers which weren’t performing well yesterday.

“We will also work on our set pieces and loose ball recovery before the games this weekend.

Makoi Bulldogs, Burenitu Cowboys, and western teams Sabeto Roosters and Saru Dragons will play in the semifinals.

The draws will be confirmed this week.

Feedback: paulini.ratulailai@fijisun.com.fj

 

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