Farebrother Challenge

Win For Dibau, Dad: Driu

“I would like to dedicate that try to my father and especially to my three-year old daughter, Vasiti Dibau,” he added.
25 Oct 2020 14:13
Win For Dibau, Dad: Driu
Nadi players celebtrate Farebrother iwin 22-21 over Nadi during Farebrother and Skipper Cup competition at ANZ Stadium on October 24, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Jack’s Nadi defeated defending Farebrother Sullivan Trophy champions Namosi in a nail-biting encounter at the ANZ Stadium, Suva yesterday.

Wing Vilikesa Driu sealed the 22-21 win with a try two minutes from fulltime despite the Jets being a man down in the last 10 minutes of play.

Comments: And Driu, 23, dedicated the winning try to his daughter and dad.

“It was not me but a team effort that contributed to that try,” he said.

“I thank the boys for being strong and for their hard work.

“I would like to dedicate that try to my father and especially to my three-year old daughter, Vasiti Dibau,” he added.

The Namotomoto, Nadi native’s family came to Suva to support him and the Jets.

“I prayed for this and I thank God for the blessing.”

It was also a special win for Nadi skipper, Veremalua Vugakoto.

“I want to thank God Almighty for giving us the strength and the courage to play today. I’m lost for words, this is my first Farebrother leading the Nadi team, it’s a special feeling, its credit to the boys.

“I would like to dedicate this win to my family back at home.

“I know they could not come down but I know that they will always support me,” he added.

Having 14 men did not deter their spirit to take home the coveted silverware. He encouraged his side to fight on until the final whistle.

“The simple message to the boys was to have faith in themselves and just play our game. I’m glad the boys listened and I’m overwhelmed with the outcome,” Vugakoto said.

“We will go back and prepare ourselves for the first defence against Tailevu.”

What happened: Nadi started off strongly, taking the lead in the 11th minute with a try from flanker Vilive Miramira which was converted by fullback, Sela Toga.

Namosi’s try in the 20th minute was disallowed but loose-head prop, Aseri Robarobalevu scored which was converted by first five-eighth, Alivereti Veitokani.

Halftime: Nadi 7-7 Namosi

Nadi’s Toga opened the second half with try as they led 14 – 7.

Namosi replied with two tries within five minutes of play to take the lead, 21-14.

Toga booted a penalty for Nadi closing the gap before Namosi lock forward Eparama Luvata was yellow cared for a dangerous tackle.

Both teams were left to play with 14 men after Nadi halfback Anasa Vuatalevu was red carded for stomping.

But Driu sealed the win with a match-winning try.

Edited by Osea Bola

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