LANKY Apisai Toga was the hero of the KBL Sorokoba side converting two penalties to help his side defeat Great Pacific Ba River Bluez 6-3 in a nail-biting encounter at the Ba Market ground yesterday.
His contribution enabled the defending champion to successfully defend the Elisha Engineering Shield for the sixth successive week and stamping its mark in the Ba rugby club competition.
The Sorokoba native saved his team from the jaws of defeat after being stretched to the wire by a gutsy Ba River outfit.
The match was evenly contested but the class and combination of the Sorokoba players gave them the edge over their opponents.
And with one challenge remaining, skipper Tuifagalele Naliva was confident his side has what it takes to be crowned the Ba rugby champion.
The former Ba rugby rep commended the efforts of his teammates against Ba River.
"Firstly we want to thank the Lord for blessing our team with this win," said Naliva.
"It was a hard earned win and we also thank Ba River for giving us a tough clean game.
"We were forced to work hard and I thank the boys for the magnificent effort."
Naliva admitted the game also exposed their weaknesses and urged the players to lift their game in the last challenge against Balevuto next weekend.
"There is still room for improvement and we need to iron out our mistakes before the last challenge."
Sorokoba has defended the title from Ba River Redz, Lomavata, Sasa, Vadravadra and Ba River Bluez.
Naliva said the selection of 10 players from his team to represent Ba rugby had boosted the morale of his players.