HARD hitting inside centre Simeli Tabusiga was the hero of the Vanuakula team after his try in the dying seconds of the game enabled his side to retain the Tavua club rugby Supreme Fuel challenge trophy from Vatukaloko at Garvey Park on Saturday.
Vanuakula was trailing 0-5 before Tabusiga broke loose beating two defenders to level the score at the stroke of fulltime.
It was the challenger though that stamped their dominance early in the game for scoring the first points of the game.
But indiscipline and poor decision makings cost Vatukaloko the game and enabled the defending champion to capitalise on their opponents' mistakes to retain the title.
Vanuakula also missed six kickable penalties — something they need to improve on in their next challenge game.
Skipper Joeli Nanuya said his side never lost hope despite being down on the score sheet in the last quarter.
He said the players were determined to win the game and commended his troops for their effort.
"We know that Vatukaloko wanted to take the trophy away from us which made us to work hard," said Nanuya.
"We have prepared well for this game and we thank Vatukaloko for giving us a good run for our money.
"The boys played to the last whistle enabling us to retain the trophy."
Nanuya said the side needed to lift their game against Police in next weekend's challenge.