Josaia Cikaitoga unleashed the killer bullet to score the winning try for Navy as they successfully retained the Fiji Bitter Escott Shield 21-14 against Army at Albert Park yesterday.
The try ensured that the Ilitomasi Nawalu-captained Navy side retained the trophy for the second year in a row infront of Suva fans that turned out to witness the mouth watering final of the 99-year old competition.
Cikaitoga, a stocky built hooker, raced more than 30 metres to dot down the match winner when both teams were locked 14-all with five minutes remaining to fulltime.
The former Suva Grammar School and Fiji secondary schools rugby age group player timed a long pass from his former schoolmate and Army halfback Noa Sisiwa in the dying stages of the game to seal the deal for Navy.
"I was standing there knowing that Noa will fire a long pass. I played with him in school and I know the way he plays so at the same time I knew where to run.
"It was a perfect timing and when I took the ball, all I had in mind was to cross the line
"I knew the defenders were running at me but inside me I was telling my self that I will score the try," the Naruwai lad from Bua said of how he scored the try.
The 23-year-old Navy seaman attributed his gallant performance to the Almighty whom he admitted was his pillar of strength on the field.
"In the second spell I sustained a shoulder injury but I was told to continue playing.
"I just want to thank God for giving me the strength and also my teammates for a good game."
Cikaitoga also thanked his family and all the Navy supporters for backing the team throughout the season.
Navy coach chief petty officer Solomoni Spooner said Cikaitoga was their secret weapon.
"He is a player who can play in the forwards and backs."