Playing with heavy hearts, the Ratu Filise rugby team retained the Kalevu Shield and dedicated it to fallen teammate Jacoro Are.
The side had just lost Are who succumbed to a long illness on Monday and two days later took the field against Davetalevu.
And they came out 7-5 victors after Kalaveji Cavukali took two opposition tacklers to the tryline to score the winner on the hooter.
Yesterday, the side crossed the Beqa waters with Are's body to his Nacewa Village where he will be buried today.
Ratu Filise manager Kini Boletawa said the victory was dedicated to Are.
Coach Etika Tovilevu said: "Right now (yesterday) we are putting on his best suit (at Navua Hospital) before our players take his body across. The sea is a bit rough but the players have vowed regardless of the weather, they are confident of taking the body safely of their former playing mate across to the island."
During Wednesday's challenge, Davetalevu took a 5-0 lead at half time.
The fulltime hooter sounded and it was the last scrum which Davetalevu won, the ball was delivered from halfback Sakiusa Najuwawa to his flyhalf, who instead of booting the ball out, kicked it straight to the waiting arms of the Ratu Filise fullback.
Sensing a golden opportunity, a counter attack started when the defending champions displayed their sevens skills as they swayed, zigzagged and evaded some ferocious tackling from the desperate Davetalevu defenders, which had Nadroga players such as Atu Kulavere, Saiasi Mataitoga, Jim Momolevu and Nevote Namalo.
Still with the ball alive, Ratu Filise created five phases, another forward rush before the gaps appeared and Cavukali made a surge for the line, much to the jubilation of their fans.
Amenoni Nasilasila kicked the conversion and the referee ended the game.
Davetalevu coach Jone Ravuci was gracious in defeat.
"We had it in the bag but our players lost concentration. I congratulate Ratu Filise for the victory," said Ravuci.
Yesterday, Nadroga Rugby Union president Jiko Matawalu said the final challenger for the Kalevu Shield would be known later.