ONCE again, when Nadroga wins both provincial rugby trophies — the whole of Nakuruvakarua moves.
This is evident following the Stallions' Digicel Cup and Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy triumph this season. Yesterday, Sigatoka town gracefully turned into the Nadroga traditional white and black colours — the champion Nadroga team is in town.
The march past through the rugby-obsessed town to the Sigatoka Village grounds, caught the attention of tourists and every individual in town. The tune of the music controlled the movement of dancing supporters as they danced to the beat - Nadroga, Na Jimi Qwaqwa.
THE two trophies were presented to Nadroga's high chief Turaga Na Kalevu Ratu Sakiusa Makutu in a traditional way during the Adi Nadroga/Navosa soli yesterday. Witnessed by the vanua, Ratu Sakiusa who is also the union's patron, acknowledged the Nadroga troops for a job well done. Nadroga last held both trophies in September last year.
HIS suspension by the Fiji Rugby Union, opened a close door for rugged Apisai Domolailai. The lanky flanker-cum outside back has secured a rugby league contract after impressing rugby league greats Brad Fitler and Andrew Johns. The duo identified Domolailai as a utility back and requested if the former sevens player could be given game time on the backs. He played several club games as a backline player before making his first provincial outing at outside centre during Nadroga's Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy win last week. Another hardwork has paid off for loose head prop Peni Ravai who gets a call into the Flying Fijians Northern Tour.
VANUA Levu boy, Savenaca Rawaca is the new Hakwa Nadro product at provincial level this season. The 22-year old has scored for Nadroga in all his 14 appearance this season, including a brace against Tailevu last week to help the Stallions reclaim the Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy. Dubbed as the next big thing within Nadroga rugby. He has been in the system since 2010, played for the Stallions U19 and U20 before he finally made the number 12 jersey his own following the departure of Jovesa Kunawave and an injury to veteran Jonetani Ralulu.
THE Salvation Army Band led the march past for the victorious Nadroga side. With four shoe-shine boys in the band, team Captain Pastor Jeremaia Naviko said they were privileged to be part of the celebration. "We were asked to come and lead the march," he said. "It is an honour and privilige for us and this young band. We got four shoe-shine boys who are also learning music in this band." The youngest member of the band is 12 years old.
NADROGA Rugby Union president Tiko Matalau applauded the loyal Stallions fans and sponsors that pledged their alligence to the Stallions throughout the season. Despite encountering a tough season, Nadroga defied all odds to win both the Digicel Cup and Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy.
"We faced a lot of challenge this season, firstly during the first round of the Digicel Cup when we lost a default game to Naitasiri, then our protest was turned down but we maintained our unity and remained focused on the job," Matawalu said.
THREE Stallions, Peni Ravai, lock forward Manoa Tamaya and Savenaca Rawaca played all games for Nadroga this season. Ravai was intrumental in the scrums and was dynamic in loose play while Tamaya was the lineout king. Try-scoring machine, Rawaca stamped his mark as the next star for Nadroga with a consistent performance.