FAREBROTHER-Sullivan Trophy holders Nadroga sent out a stern warning to the six remaining challengers after steamrolling Tailevu 43-26 in the first defence at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday.
Playing away from their own turf, the Stallions were a class above Tailevu by displaying guts and determination.
The Outrigger on the Lagoon Nadroga team outscored Tebara Bus Tailevu six tries to two.
Nadroga captain Setefano Somoca marshalled his troops well and they ran the ball at every opportunity.
Tailevu tried to keep up with the pace of the Stallions but only ended up playing catch-up rugby.
Nadroga team manager Paula Biu said the players had been reminded about the prestige and history of the Farebrother Sullivan had before the match.
He said they played with passion and determination.
"When it comes to the Farebrother challenge it becomes a totally different ball game all together," the former national rep said.
"The boys know how important it is to retain the Farebrother. It was not only for them but for their families and the vanua.
"At the start of the season we set our goals. First it is to win the Digicel Cup which we achieved. For the Farebrother we will take each match at a time. The Farebrother is a prized trophy with a lot of history.
"All the teams that will come up for the challenge will want to win the trophy. We will go back and work on our mistakes.
"We will not underestimate any team and play them with a lot of respect."
Northland will challenge Nadroga in Nadi next Saturday.