TAILEVU made its "push" count to ground high-flying Naitasiri at the drenched ANZ Stadium in Suva to become the new holders of the prestigious Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy.
The Tebara Bus Tailevu edged Tacirua Transport Naitasiri 16-14 in a close and physical confrontation last night.
A successful penalty from replacement Amani Bosenawai on the hooter sealed the match for the "green machine" sending the Tailevu fans into a frenzy and leaving Naitasiri players ruing on their missed opportunities.
Naitasiri led 6-3 at the break but failed to maintain the hold on the rampaging Tailevu forwards which time and again tested the opposition defence.
The Highlanders stood their ground in the opening half and did the same in the first quarter of the second spell before Tailevu split open the Naitasiri wall to dominate play on the field and the scoreboard.
"It was all about game management. The conditions didn't help us so we just had to adjust to the game and play throughout," winning coach Lance Whippy said.
Tailevu will defend the trophy against Nadroga next weekend.
Tailevu 16: Tries - Jo Dakuitoga, Con - James Vuli, Pen - James Vuli (2), Amani Bosenawai;
Naitasiri 14: Tries - Esava Delai, Tries - Waisea Luveniyali (3).