NADROGA cemented its status as Fiji's top provincial side after clinching the coveted Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy at a packed ANZ Stadium in Suva last night.
The Stallions fought hard and did enough to beat former holders Tailevu to keep the trophy until the next rugby season.
The Outrigger on the Lagoon Nadroga had earlier this year won the Digicel Cup title beating Suva 21-12 at Lawaqa Park.
And in its bid to make a clean sweep in the domestic 15s competition this year, the Esala Nauga-coached side gave all it had to secure the important win.
But it was the Tebara Bus Tailevu which made the perfect start in the game following back-to-back successful penalties through fullback Jaoji Dakuvula to lead 6-0 midway in the opening spell.
Nadroga picked up momentum in the final half of the spell and following a powerful drive from its forwards, skipper Setefano Samoca crossed the line for the opening try of the match.
Flyhalf Jonetani Ralulu added the extras to put Nadroga 7-6.
Brimming with confidence, Nadroga kept its pressure on the Tailevu defence and impressive winger Apisalome Waqatabu made a brilliant break to set up inside centre Savenaca Rawaqa for a try in the corner.
Ralulu kicked the conversion and Nadroga went into the break with a 14-6 lead.
In the repeat of its opening half performance, Tailevu cushioned the deficit with two successive penalty kicks through Dakuvula to trail 12-14 in the opening quarter of the second half. When the Lance Whippy-coached side seemed to have taken command of the game, Nadroga fullback Samisoni Viriviri capitalised on the "napping" Tailevu defence to score what was probably the try of the match.
Viriviri, from inside his own 22 metre, kicked the ball and chased it through to score at the other end to extend Nadroga's lead to 19-12.
Dakuvula kicked another successful penalty before centre Tomasi Sivo dived in between the posts to give Tailevu a 22-19 lead midway the second half.
Ralulu levelled the game 22-all in the 68th minute and five minutes later winger Samuela Cava sealed Nadroga's 27-22 win with a try in the corner.