LEO Naikasau was the hero for the Wardens Gold when he scored the winning try in the cup final during sudden-death against Police at Lawaqa Park yesterday.
Both teams were tied 22-all at fulltime when the Namosi speedster ran untouched under the crossbar to seal the game 27-22.
After a brutal 20 minutes of allocated time in the final, players were gasping for air on weary legs, the impact players for Wardens in Setefano Rasekaia, Beniaminio Maravu and Naikasau stood up to the challenge to calm the storm against the much bigger Police opponents which had the services of Ulaiasi Lawavou, Etonia Naba, Samisoni Viriviri and Apisalome Waqatabu.
Police drew first blood in the second minute before Wardens replied to level terms, five-all.
It was an even affair but match fitness proved vital for the Wardens side.
Wardens coach Max Hughes was pleased with the performance of his players.
"I thank the boys for the effort, they played so well," he said.
"This win is good to set the platform for the Coral Coast tournament."
In the semi-finals, Police edged Tale Babas 17-14 and Wardens beat Daveta 24-14.
Wardens walked away $2000 richer while the lawmen pocketed $1000.
Final: Wardens Gold 27 Police 22 AET
Semi-finals: Wardens Gold 24 Daveta 14, Police 17 Tale Babas 14
Quarter-finals: Daveta 15 Tokatoka Resort 12, Wardens Gold 17 Army 7, Police 19 Wardens Green 17, Tale Babas 22 Ratu Filise 0