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Champs Police Peaking Right

Defending champions Police Blues are favourites to win the RC Manubhai Suva Rugby Union (SRU) RC Manubhai Escott Shield final against Fiji Bitter National Fire Authority (NFA) on Friday at
29 Sep 2014 12:14
Champs Police Peaking Right
Market vendors from Nauluvatu village, Naitasiri stranded in Suva. From left; Asenaca Vakacoa, Sakeo Ragata, Litia Likuvasakula and Luisa Senisalusalu. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Defending champions Police Blues are favourites to win the RC Manubhai Suva Rugby Union (SRU) RC Manubhai Escott Shield final against Fiji Bitter National Fire Authority (NFA) on Friday at the ANZ Stadium.

Police Blues defeated Fiji Bitter Army 14-10 while NFA beat Covenant Brothers in the semifinals last Friday.

Fiji Bitter NFA manager Joji Duikoro rated Police Blues the team to beat.

“They are peaking at the right time with strong performance against Lomaiviti Green and Army in the quarters and semis,” Duikoro said.

“They have also been one of the Premier teams in the Suva Rugby Union competition for a long time and have been in the final so many times.

“We’ve a very young and new team in the Escott Shield competition and we are proud of our achievement so far.

“We are taking one step at a time and hope to give Police a good match in the final.

“Some of our players sustained injuries in the semifinal therefore we will regroup and prepare after the injured players undergo a fitness test tomorrow (today),” Duikoro said.

The chairman of the SRU, John O’Connor, highlighted that the final would be a hard fought battle on Friday night.

“The two teams have performed consistently throughout the season and we expect a fierce, tough and competitive battle in the final. It will be the survival of the fittest,” O’Connor said.

“Police are the defending champions and they will be hard to topple in the final.

“The Fiji Bitter NFA will be playing in their first final and they will be out to prove themselves.”

Covenant Brothers play Army in the third/ fourth playoff at 6pm before the final of the Escott Shield at 7.30pm.

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