NAITASIRI had the 'lady' which Nadi missed — the 'lady luck'.
Riding on the success of its Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy win over Suva last week, the Tacirua Transport Naitasiri side showed pure guts and received the glory for it.
Jack's Nadi didn't lack when it came to gutsy play but ran out of luck and time to amend the final outcome, the 25-all draw.
Nadi started the match on a high scoring the first points through the boots of its first five-eighth Kavekini Varo to lead 3-0 which was cancelled by Naitasiri skipper Waisea Luveniyali.
Consecutive poor lineouts by Naitasiri gave the Iliesa Tanivula-coached Nadi a good chance to score the opening try of the match but a solid defensive play from the Highlanders denied those opportunities.
Naitasiri centre Navitalai Ratulevu was sinbinned for a high tackle on Nadi fullback Venisemani Ratubalavu who minutes later headed for an early shower because of injuries.
Tensions began to flare when Luveniyali was taken in a dangerous tackle in the Nadi territory but referee James Bolabiu took good control, subsequently sending Nadi number eight Vatili Saqiwa to the sin bin.
Luveniyali, who scored 20 points in the game, gave Naitasiri a 9-6 lead midway in the opening spell before Nadi scored the first try through inside centre Sainivalati Ramuwai.
Ramuwai spotted the gap after receiving the ball just inside the Naitasiri territory and glided between two players before turning on the gas to fly past the hapless defenders for a five pointer.
Nadi led 13-9 before Luveniyali cushioned the deficit through his fourth penalty to trail 12-13 at the break.
Semi Kunatani scored Nadi's second try just into the second spell but replacement fullback Vatemo Ravouvou failed to add the extras after his conversion hit the upright for the 18-12 lead.
Luveniyali kicked two successful penalties to level the game before replacement flanker Vilitati Ceguvia dived on a grubber kick from winger Nasoni Roko to give Naitasiri the 25-18 lead.
Aca Simolo scored in the final quarter of the match to tie the game 25-all before Ravouvou missed the drop goal as Naitasiri survived its first test to hold on to the trophy for another week.
Naitasiri: 1. Jale Koroi, 2. Dan Ligairi, 3. Mesake Doge, 4. Sanivalati Vunibola, 5. Wavisalome Vanakena, 6. Rafaele Suinavanua, 7. Sireli Kaloucava, 8. Seresio Vereivalu, 9. Waisale Vatuvoka, 10. Waisea Luveniyali, 11. Nasoni Roko, 12. Atunaisa Turagaiviu, 13. Navitalai Ratulevu, 14. Esala Delai, 15. Ereomodo Elasio;
Reserves: 16. Mitieli Kakina, 17. Sireli Temo, 18. Keni Rinakama, 19. Vilitati Ceguvia, 20. Necani Nawaqadau, 21. Lote Raratabu, 22. Kolinio Vunaki, 23. Maika Ligaqaqa.
Nadi: 1. Veniona Toga, 2. Aseri Buli, 3. Ratulame Lewanavanua, 4. Semi Kunatani, 5. Viliame Ratute, 6. Kelepi Ketedromo, 7. Senitiki Cakau, 8. Vatili Saqiwa, 9. Inia Naqia (c), 10. Kavekini Varo, 11. Sunia Vosikata, 12. Sainivalati Ramuwai, 13. Makiti Turuva, 14. Cyrill Reece, 15. Venisemani Ratubalavu;
Reserves: 16. Viliame Tui, 17. Kalaveti Qoro, 18. Samuela Saqiwa, 19. Aca Simolo, 20. Jiuta Takubu, 21. Nemani Koroitamana, 22. Vatemo Ravouvou, 23. Nathan Tuidreu