SALESH 'Bula' Sami continued with Rakiraki where he left off with Lautoka.
The former Blues and Fiji rep netted late in the first half as Bargain Box-sponsored Rakiraki edged Bua 1-0 to make a winning start at the Courts Inter-District Championship at Churchill Park yesterday.
Striker Sami, cautioned in the 16th minute, showed his finishing prowess to down the northerners.
The former Islands Electric Lautoka employee featured prominently for the Blues when they won the Fiji FACT in 2000 and 2001.
While Rakiraki got off to a flyer, neighbours Tavua struggled against premier division league champions Dreketi.
The northerns came back from a goal down to turn it around and win 2-1 against the former super premier side.
Tavua hit the front through a Adre Makutu strike few minutes after the restart. Dreketi scored two goals in as many minutes through Anish Khem and Thomas Steiner to carry on their winning streak from the league.
Defending champions Tailevu Naitasiri and Nadogo played a scoreless draw.
Savusavu beat Seaqaqa 2-0 while Nasinu beat Vatukoula 5-1 last night.
Super premier games start this afternoon with Finance Pacific Suva playing Nadroga in the first match at 2.15pm.
Jack's Nadi meets Navua after that followed by the Ba-Labasa clash.
The final match is between Rewa and Lautoka.