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Winning end for Ratu

Josefa Makaba
Sunday, August 26, 2012

DEFENDING champion Nadroga dedicated yesterday's 2012 Digicel Cup win to star second five-eighth Jonetani Ratu who played in his last cup campaign yesterday.

Ratu who has been a loyal servant for the Nadroga provincial side for the past ten years this week announced that the final against Naitasiri at Lawaqa Park yesterday was his last in the Digicel Cup competition.

Nadroga retained the Digicel Cup title after beating Naitasiri 30-13 in a display of hard running rugby and tight defence.

Nadroga captain Setefano Samoca after the game said the team wanted to dedicate the win to his vice-captain Ratu who had announced that would not be part of any future Digicel Cup campaign.

Samoca said Ratu had been a loyal servant for Nadroga rugby during his playing days and it was timely that he bowed out in winning style.

"Ratu has been a role model for most of our young players in Nadroga and I believe he has left behind a lot of good things which our players can learn from and help them improve their game," Samoca said.

A powerful runner with the ball in hand and an aggressive tackler on defence Ratu has contributed immensely to Nadroga's reign in the major union competition.

In 2004 Ratu helped Nadro win the Telecom Fiji Cup and the Sullivan-Farebrother Trophy.

Ratu had a short stint in the national team in 2006 when he was selected in the team to play Australia A.

Samoca said the win over Naitasiri was a fitting finale to Ratu's Digicel Cup career in the Nadroga jumper.