TAVUA thumped Ba 20-7 in a friendly encounter at the Ba Market ground on Saturday.
The outcome, however, failed to dishearten the Ba players as they set their target of securing a spot in the major union.
Ba team official Salesitino Gukirewa said the game had enabled the players to gauge their standard against top teams and what to expect in the promotion-relegation game. "This is our first game together and I am optimistic the side is on the right path to fulfil our goal," he said.
"The game exposed our strengths and weaknesses for our coach to build on during the B Division competition. Our boys competed well in all facets of the game but the class and experience of Tavua made the difference."
Both teams were locked 7-all at the breather but it was the experience of the Gold Town boys who outsmarted the Ba players in the second spell.
Gukirewa said the game had given the coach a fair idea on the team's ability and capability.
"Our target is to play in the major division this season," he said.
"We lost to Macuata in last year's promotion relegation and we are confident of securing a spot in the major division next year.
"Majority of the Ba team were playing in the challenge game between Ba River and Sorokoba and hopefully the side would be in full force during the B Division campaign."