CAKAUDROVE came from behind to down the highly-fancied Navosa side 33-30 in the B Division semi-final at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday.
The Cakaudrove team caught Navosa by surprise in the second spell after trailing 9-22 at the break.
Three quick tries in a period of six minutes changed the outlook of the game.
Navosa coach Kele Leawere was a disappointed man saying they let the match slip away from their hands.
He said the silly mistakes cost them dearly.
"We are totally disappointed because we had the chance to win," Leawere said.
"We had built a good lead. The silly mistakes crept in. There was loss of concentration and the boys did not stick to the game plan.
"The options taken were wrong. I think with the lead the boys thought they had the match in the bag but Cakaudrove hit back. It was a game of two halves. You always have to play to the final whistle."
Cakaudrove assistant coach Ilai Ravulo said they had inched closer to their ultimate goal of winning the B Division.
"The boys felt a bit excited in the first ten minutes allowing Navosa to score two tries," Ravulo said.
"But then we went on to match the big Navosa forwards and held them at scrum time. We managed to control possession. A few mistakes were made during the line-outs. At halftime we told the boys not to make too many variations to the game plan. They fought back gallantly."
The two teams were tied 30-all in the dying stages before Cakaudrove centre Raogo Balenaikama slotted in a last gasp penalty to ensure the Northerners victory. He also kicked three other penalties and three conversions for a personal tally of 18 points.
Eliki Vakalawa, Esene Tuapata and Kitione Kamikamica scored the tries for Cakaudrove.
Navosa's tries were scored by Sevuloni Tabu, Aporosa Aola, Jovesa Vaileba and Mosese Mawalu.
Kolaia Ivi kicked two penalties and two conversions.