FLYHALF Joseva Basudra slotted the winning penalty to boot Suva to the final of the Digicel Cup competition.
Basudra's penalty late into the game, sealed the match for the Fiji Bitter-sponsored Suva side, as they defeated Jack's Nadi 25-22, after a strong comeback in the second spell to dethrone a determined and ruthless Nadi brigade at the ANZ Stadium last night.
Both teams were locked 22-all when Basudra stepped up for the kick. Making his first appearance for the Capital City side, the Army flyhalf overcame the butterflies to slot home the winning penalty.
Nadi led 14-9 at the break from two converted tries while fullback Isoa Donaldson converted three penalties for the home team.
Donaldson missed two early penalties in the second spell, thus giving the opportunity to Basudra to step up to the challenge.
Nadi further extended their lead with try to Filipo Nakosi, which was beautifully set up by number eight Jiuta Takubu.
Basudra narrowed the deficit 15-19 with a penalty in the 64th minute.
The Suva forwards led by skipper Dale Tonawai and breakaway Samu Bola started to dominate the ruck situation and changed the tempo of the game.
Suva scored their only try in the 70th minute, with the conversion taking Suva into the lead 22-19.
Nadi flyhalf Vatemo Ravouvou evened the scores with a penalty in the 73rd minute before Basudra had the final laugh of the night.
Suva coach Salimoni Ravouvou accepted the win but was disappointed with the performance of the players.
"I'm very disappointed about this game," Ravouvou said.
"Because we played only in one half. We had to play catch up rugby and that nearly cost us the game.
"Nadi was a strong team, they rattled us in the first half but we managed to come back strongly in the second half."
He thanked their sponsors and supporters who turned up to support his troops last night.