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Fire Too Hot

Fiji Bitter NFA continue on the road to creating history with hopes of winning the most prized silverware in Fiji’s club rugby, the RC Manubhai Escott Shield. This was after
27 Sep 2014 13:22
Fire Too Hot
Part of the Fiji Police Force barrack that caught fire on November 15, 2019, at Nasese, Suva. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Fiji Bitter NFA continue on the road to creating history with hopes of winning the most prized silverware in Fiji’s club rugby, the RC Manubhai Escott Shield.

This was after winning their semifinal match against a spirited Covenant Brothers last night at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

What happened:

The first half of the game saw the firefighters get down to business with two successful penalties to Seru Vularika to keep the Fiji Bitter-sponsored side leading 6-0. The purple-clad Covenant side responded shortly with a penalty kicked by Koro Kolinisau.

Meli Rusa pushed his side forward once again with a runaway try and a successful conversion by Vularika, who sealed the team’s lead at the halftime whistle with a penalty kick.

Halftime:  

Fiji Bitter NFA 16-3 Covenant Brothers. The second half saw NFA draw first blood once again with a try in the 50th minute to Semesa Gaunavou, Bularika missed the conversion.

The Brothers were not about to handover an easy win though with Kolinisau kicking a penalty in the 56th minute.

Unfortunately, Covenant was unable to fully capitalise on a few opportunities that could have evened the odds and swung the game in their favour.

Fiji Bitter NFA continue to make headway and get one step closer to creating history as they qualify for the RC Manubhai Escott Shield final.

Star turn:

Vularika’s kicks helped give his side the advantage from the get go but Rusa and Gaunavou’s tries helped seal the lead at crucial stages of the game.

Big play:

NFA worked as a unit to maintain the lead from kick-off and secured their slot in the final.

Comments:

Fiji Bitter NFA coach Akuila Nasi, “It was a good game and I appreciate what the boys did on the field. There’s still a lot of work to be done ahead of the final.

Whichever opponent we face in the final, both teams are very strong and we’ll have to really come prepared.

“This is also a very important moment for us and we’re very proud to be making history as NFA qualifies for the Escott Shield final for the first time ever so we’re very excited and we look forward to a great finish.”

Covenant Brothers coach Ravuama Matirewa, “This is the first time for us to reach the semifinals, last year we reached the quarterfinals so we are slowly progressing each year and for that I very proud of the boys.

“We have been competing with big teams, and this has really moulded the boys and next year we hope we can reach the finals.”

NFA will play Police Blues in the RC Manubhai Escott Shield final next Friday.

Feedback: eroni.tuinaceva@fijisun.com.fj

 

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