Nadro dethrones Nadi at home

Nadroga’s Amenoni Nasilasila goes on attack against Nadi during their match in the Farebrother Trophy Challenge at Prince Charles Park yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

BLK Nadroga showed why the side is regarded as the traditional champions of Fiji rugby after defeating Nadi 20-3 to wrest the prized Farebrother Trophy Challenge at Prince Charles Park yesterday.

The Stallions used its experience to outscore the hosts two tries to nil. On paper, Nadroga went into the match as the favourites however were kept under pressure by Nadi for the first 30 minutes.

Ball handling proved to be the major drawback for Nadi as the side lost the ball at crucial stages, twice over the Nadroga tryline in the second spell.

Nadroga fullback Apisalome Waqatabu kicked the opening points for the visitors following a penalty in the second minute. Halfback Kavekini Varo equalised for Nadi with his penalty at the other end in the 18th minute.

Waqatabu got the first try for Nadroga in the 36th minute and also converted to give Nadroga a 10-3 lead at half time.

Waqatabu added another penalty to Nadroga’s tally in the 62nd minute while former Fiji 7s rep Amenoni Nasilasila sliced his way through the Nadi defence to claim the second try. Waqatabu converted.

Nadroga captain Rupeni Nasiga admitted that it was their experience that got them through at the end.

“It has been three years that we haven’t had the Farebrother-Sullivan trophy in our cabinet,” Nasiga said.

“We are happy to win but it is the experience that got us through. We thank Nadi for giving us a tough match. Nadi has a young side.”

Nasiga said they still had a lot of work to do ahead of the title defence against Suva next weekend.

“We were casual in the first half and the boys were told to regroup at halftime and to work as a unit,” he said.

“The crowd was big but I would say that this is the Western support. Rugby in the Western Division is now coming back up to a high.”

Nadroga is likely to defend the trophy against Suva at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka next Friday.

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