IT was a blue wash on a rainy day at the Laucala bowl as Suva successfully defended the Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy beating Lautoka 23-nil.
The Fiji Bitter-sponsored side dominated the clash from the start, breaking through defences and tackles and adding the much needed thrills to an otherwise glum ANZ Stadium yesterday.
Lautoka, seemingly out to win its first ever Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy in 10 years, lacked determination and thrust to wrest the coveted trophy from the Capital City side.
Inspirational skipper Dale Tonawai led Suva to another strong performance with his forwards winning the game during the 80-minute period. The Suva backrow trio of Tonawai, James Brown and breakaway Samu Bola was deadly.
Lautoka coach and former Flying Fijians outside centre Viliame Satala admitted it was the powerful Suva forward pack that won the game.
He said Lautoka was no match for Suva.
"It was the forwards that won the game for Suva," he said.
"They have a very powerful forward pack and that was the difference in this game. My boys played well but we were not good enough."
Suva coach Salimoni Ravouvou said their game plan was to play good rugby on a rainy day.
The home team touched down three times to hooker Viliame Veikoso, outside centre John Stewart and replacement back Nacani Wakaya.
Fullback Isoa Donaldson kicked two penalties and a conversion.
Suva led 15-0 at the break.
The side faces Namosi next Saturday.