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Great End To Suva Season

The 2014 RC Manubhai Suva Rugby season came to a dramatic end on Friday night as defending champions Police Blues retained their Escott Shield title after beating Fiji Bitter NFA
05 Oct 2014 17:14
Great End To Suva Season
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The 2014 RC Manubhai Suva Rugby season came to a dramatic end on Friday night as defending champions Police Blues retained their Escott Shield title after beating Fiji Bitter NFA 18-15.
Suva Rugby Union president Francis Kean said the tournament was a success.
“It was a great tournament and was a success because of the wonderful support we have from our sponsors,” Commander Kean said.
“We thank our major sponsors RC Manubhai for their support and we trust that the relationship we have developed over the last couple of years will continue.
“We want to acknowledge all the teams, the fans.
“I want to also take this opportunity to thank Police Blues and Fiji Bitter NFA for putting up a great challenge and entertaining performance.
“ I wish NFA better luck next year and we commend them for putting up a good fight against the defending champions.
“And to the Police Blues, congratulations for defending the Escott shield and we look forward to your standout participation and support for provincial rugby in Suva Rugby.
“I want to also thank our prime sponsors, Fulton Hogan, MH, Carpenters Motors and Novotel Hotel.”
The winner of the round robin competition in the Minor Premiership, Fiji Bitter NFA, received a total prize money of  $2,000 which was presented to them by Novotel Hotel general manager Simon Harper.
For being runners up in the Escott Shield final, Fiji Bitter NFA received prize money of $1,500.
Captain for NFA Epenisi Rigamoto said confidently that NFA will be back next year to contest the Escott Shield.
“We would like to thank the supporters and spectators for coming out in numbers to support us.
“To Police Blues, best of luck for the Sukuna Bowl challenge,” Rigamoto said.
Suva Rugby Union chairman John O’Connor said NFA’s participation in the finals was a major learning experience for the team.
“I want to acknowledge the players for the effort they have put in, I know the boys will really take this as a learning experience and come back even stronger next year because in order to win one, you need to lose one.” O’Connor said.
Police Blues received $4,000 and captain for Blues Maciu Vakaruru dedicated the win to the families of the team and fans.
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