"IF we did not come up with this then our upcoming players would be left idle."
This were the sentiments of East vs West committee chairman Colonel Ifereimi Vasu after the completion of yet another exciting match at Lawaqa Park yesterday as fans witnessed an eight-try scoring spree.
"We had come up with this initiative to keep our fallout players in the loop at a time when the European Tour was on, the Sukuna Bowl and the Fiji sevens campaign," Col Vasu added.
"Every year we lose our talents because during this particular window at the end of the season they are left idle and eventually never come back."
The second East versus West clash yesterday brought out the best of the available crop of players who were either not included in the European Tour, the Sukuna Bowl or the sevens outfits.
Also in the fold yesterday were under-18 and 20 reps.
"We saw today how exciting these young players were, when you put them together with a few old heads," Col Vasu added.
"And incentive wise, it is quite rewarding."
The tournament, which has the major support of AON and other supporting sponsors, sees the winner walk away with $7000 and loser $5000 during the three match series.
Col Vasu said for next year, they would re-examine the timing of the competition to best suit the objectives they have set out.
"In the past the East versus West was the pinnacle of rugby, we have tried to revive this but with the main objective of looking after our upcoming players."
The final match is scheduled for next Saturday at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay, Suva.