NAITASIRI started its Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy campaign on Saturday.
The highlanders played the Naitasiri North Bulls during a warm-up match at the Ratu Sukuna Memorial School ground in Nabua.
The Naitasiri development beat the Bulls development 7-5 in the first match before the senior team edged the Bulls 6-5.
With a new coach at the helm, Naitasiri struggled against the newly-formed Bulls side.
It was a scrappy opening half for the seniors under heavy ground conditions at RSMS.
Naitasiri welcomed back the services of former Flying Fijian flyhalf Waisea Luveniyali and Police rugby league rep Sireli Temo while former Fiji sevens reps Mosese Luveitasau and Nasoni Roko ran on the wings. Former Tailevu hooker Saula Qalomai also had a run in the starting team.
The Bulls played a kicking game in the opening half and enjoyed a lot of possession.
Naitasiri manager Waisea Luveniyali Sr said the match was a build-up to their challenge for the coveted rugby trophy.
"This is just to help us prepare for the Farebrother challenge," he said.
"We have some changes to the players so this game is just to help us get the combination we want."
Former Flying Fijians coaches Ilivasi Tabua and Samu Domoni will be assisting new coach Eroni Vereivalu for their challenge on September 21.