OVALAU coach Luke Vulo shed tears of joy when his side ended its losing streak against Nadi at Churchill Park yesterday.
The 27-12 victory opened the wound wider for a struggling Nadi side that has failed to register a win in this season's Digicel Cup competition.
Vulo said the win was enough to shut the mouth of critics after they were nailed for losing two matches in a row.
"I could not have asked for anything better from the boys than the win they gave me today (yesterday). Many people were against me after we lost two matches in a row but I told the players to always strive for better achievement," an emotional Vulo said. Flyhalf Meli Vananalagi opened the scoring for Ovalau with a penalty and converted Simeli Radrodro's try to lead 10-0 in the first quarter.
Nadi winger Timoci Saukuru pulled one back for the Jet-setters to trail 5-10 before Vananalagi added another penalty. Ovalau led 13-5 at halftime.
Vananalagi continued to punish Nadi with another two penalties and a try from blindside flanker Mesulame Siga before Vananalagi kicked another three-pointer.
Vulo said his boys played according to the game plan.
Nadi's second try was scored by Kelepi Ketedromo, converted by Kelemedi Vosuga.
"I am really happy with the performance of the boys, it was a huge effort and to defeat Nadi here is a bonus for us. Beating Nadi is not easy and I believe it all comes down to our preparation before the game," he said.