THE agony of losing the prestigious Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy to Northland five years ago still lingers in the heart of Jone Kaila.
The former Tailevu captain, who is now the assistant coach for the Tebara Bus-sponsored side, will use his experience to motivate his players against Nadroga tonight at the ANZ Stadium.
Kaila captained Tailevu to impressive wins over Nadroga, Naitasiri, Suva and Nadi in 2007 and 08.
But all the effort of beating the top guns came crumbling down against Northland.
"I think we really did not prepare well for that game," he told Times Sport while recalling the match against Northland.
"We did not prepare like holders and I can admit that being holders we really need to be up to par with our preparation."
He said Nadroga would be deadly coming into the game as a challenger.
"From my experience it's better to be on the challenging side rather than defending.
"Being a challenger you come with an unpredictable force but to be defending the trophy, you need to be up to par with your preparation to overcome the challenging team.
"Everyone knows the capabilities of Nadroga. They will be tough."
Kaila said the Tailevu team was one of the best prepared sides.
"This team is well prepared. We are serious about defending the trophy and we are looking forward to the game."
He urged the Tailevu fans to flock in numbers to support the side.