HALFBACK Eroni Delai was the hero for the Nakasi Cowboys rugby league as he helped them record their first win in the Vodafone Cup Nasinu zone rugby league competition.
The Tiffany's of Canada-sponsored side beat Narere Tigers 24-12 at Bidesi Park in wet and muddy conditions on Saturday.
Pint-sized Delai scored four tries and had a hand in their fifth try in the round 10 competition of premier grade fixture.
This is the first year of competition for the Cowboys.
They are one of the most improved teams in the Nasinu zone this season. In their previous losses to defending Vodafone Cup champions Nadera Panthers and experienced club Davuilevu Knight, they managed to score three tries in each game.
On Saturday, boosted by a new set of jerseys, compliments of their sponsors in Canada, the Cowboys ran their way to victory.
Originally of Gau, Delai is the cousin of club president Saimone Tucila who praised his efforts on the field on Saturday.
He said Delai proved to their opponents that size doesn't matter.
"He (Delai) is a small guy but has a big heart and a lot of courage," Tucila said.
"This he proved on the field when he didn't back down from tackling or running against bigger opponents," he said.
Also making an impact on the scoresheet was Michael Nabuliwaqa, the younger brother of former national sevens star Lepani Nabuliwaqa.
Michael kicked four conversions for the Cowboys to contribute towards their win.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys reserve grade side beat Narere Narere Tigers 4-2. Jone Raratabu scored the lone try of the match.
"The team is made up of school drop-outs and unemployed youths and we have been training nearly every day, taking part in community service every week and we have also been watching how the experienced clubs have been playing in the competition.
"We used all that as a learning experience and we are slowly learning the sport and trying to make a name for ourselves," Tucila said.