Nadroga’s reign ends

Nadroga’s colourful reign came to an end after a 14-man power-packed Capital City side stole the show and broke thousands of hearts at Lawaqa Park. Suva ended Nadroga’s 25-match unbeaten run in the Farebrother Challenge after the Stallions wrested the coveted silverware from Tailevu in 2013. In doing so the Saiyasi Fuli-coached Blues outfit ended their five-year drought against the Stallions and stamped their mark in the Farebrother Challenge. Suva came from behind to win the match with some big hits and bulldozing runs and it was the try to Sau that sealed Nadroga’s fate. Ironically, when Suva last won at Lawaqa Park in 2005, their heroic coach had scored the then winning try.

Hats off to Suva for coming with a smart plan to dethrone Fiji’s rugby giants. I know that the loss is hard to digest and is painful, but the Stallions will come back next year prepared and with the mission to take back the Cup to where it rightfully belongs. I felt that the early injuries to Dawai, Samoca and Mudu turned the game in favour of Suva who were focused and motivated. Even the red card to veteran Samu Bola failed to slow down the Suva momentum. Well done Suva and all the best for your next clash against an unpredictable Namosi side. The performance of Sau, Katonibau and Stewart could be the answer to our 7s woes and I hope Baber considers these gentlemen for Dubai.

On the other hand, my best wishes to Lutumailagi and Radrodro as the duo depart to pursue their rugby career in France. Meanwhile, congratulations to St. John’s and Cuvu College for making their first Deans semis. They will be up against Eastern giants QVS and RKS and after watching the way they played on Saturday an upset is possible. Cuvu, coached by Matawalu and laced with Nadroga under-20 reps, will be tough while St. John’s, who upset QVS in round robin competition, will be motivated by their recent form. A tough battle looms in Suva. As I conclude, I wish the Crusaders all the best as they face an in form Lions outfit at home in the Super Rugby final. Go Crusaders go!

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