NORTH Otago players were given a real taste of Fijian rugby during their 11-17 loss to Nadroga at Lawaqa Park on Tuesday.
Skipper Josh Clark said his side was beaten by a quality side in their first match in the country.
With two Nadroga players Simeli Koniferedi and Sanaila Nauto, the side tried its best to shut out the Stallions but to no avail.
Koniferedi managed to score the team's only try while the host team scored twice.
"It was a good and tough game," said Koniferedi.
"It is not easy to win in Nadroga but I thank my team mates for their effort."
Skipper Josh Clark said the game was tough and admitted they were beaten by a better side.
"Nadroga played awesomely," he said.
"Our boys gave it to them but a quality side like that just know how to play well.
"They done what we should have done but I am pretty happy with my boys.
"Obviously we would want to go out with the win but to come out like that well is all I can ask for.
"This is the first time for us to play against a full Fijian side and I like coming here."
Nadroga featured most of their development players led by seasoned campaigner Iliesa Ratuva, Etonia Naba and livewire hooker Seru Cakobau.
Clark said the side would be honoured to host the Nadroga team in New Zealand.
"I hope this team can visit us as we will want to show the same hospitality they showed us."
The side will face USP today before heading to Tonga.