SUVA coach Salimoni Ravouvou said Nadroga was the better team after his team lost 21-12 during the Digicel cup final at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday.
Suva failed to cross Nadroga's try line but it was the boots of their ace kickers Isoa Donaldson and Jo Basudra who contributed the 12 points.
Nadroga scored two tries courtesy of Save Rawaqa and fiery flanker Iliesa Ratuva with nippy first-five eighth Nemani Raiwalui contributing six points while Apisalome Waqatabu converted one try and landed a penalty.
"We lost to a better team," said Ravouvou.
But he was not impressed with the decision to award the man of the match to Nadroga's replacement first-five Jiuta Lutumailagi.
"I thought Vilitati Sokiveta (Suva winger) deserved it, he took the game to the opposition and stood his ground."
But Frenchman Frank Boivert said Lutumailagi really ignited the Nadroga players when he took the field.
"Jiuta came in the right time for Nadroga, he read the game well and orchestrated Nadroga's attack," said Boivert.
He also praised the Suva forwards for matching their Nadroga counterparts.
"They disrupted Nadroga's play upfront and exposed some of Nadroga's weaknesses."
But he pointed out that the Suva pack ran out of options when they were in possession.
"Suva couldn't find any solution when confronted by Nadroga and they were predictable," he said.
Nadroga manager Pita Kadralevu thanked Suva for a good game.
"They played like a champion team and really gave us a tough 80 minutes of clean hard rugby," said Kadralevu.
Kadralevu, who stepped into the position of team manager in place of Paula Biu who is sick, said they had one in the bag and would map out a plan for the Farebrother challenge.
Last night all players were released for a few hours before they marched back to camp at 11pm.
The team will have a thanksgiving church service at Talenavuruvuru today.
"But for now the players deserve a break after a hectic rugby season.
"I would like to thank each player for a great season and also the coaching staff for their sacrifice but most of all thank the Almighty for his guidance."