A COLOURFUL victory parade marked the Outrigger on the Lagoon Nadroga's third successive Digicel Cup win celebration in Sigatoka Town yesterday.
Hundreds lined up the streets to honour and get a glimpse of their heroes who defeated Suva 21-12 in the final last Saturday.
The celebration was a special one for Nadroga Rugby Union president Tiko Matawalu who managed to win the provincial competition as a player, skipper and president of the union he served for more than a decade.
The former Flying Fijian said the victory belonged to the fans of Nadroga who supported the team throughout the season.
"We had a tough season, we started with minus five points after the first round and to fight a good battle and win the round-robin competition was a big bonus," he said.
"The boys did well in the semi-final and held off a torrid Suva challenge in the final to retain the Cup."
Parade organiser Sigatoka Town's Special Administrator Jay Whyte said: "This is a wonderful moment for all the people of this province and the victory is sweet as we keep the Digicel Cup at home for the third year running".
Digicel Fiji's public relations and sponsorship manager Satish Narain hailed the team for the fantastic win, adding the company was committed in developing national provincial rugby in the country.
"Your development program has certainly been the corner stone of the success of this team. Enjoy and celebrate because you deserve it but regroup and work hard because you have the chance to become the undisputed provincial rugby champs this season if you can wrest away the Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy from the holders," Narain said.
Fans at the parade collected giveaways such as rugby balls, T-shirts, placards and flags from Digicel which were specially done to honour the 2013 Digicel Cup champions.