SPORTS

RFMF Win Battle

RFMF 18 (Tikilaci Vuibau 2 pen,  1 con, Vilive Marakiwai 1 try, Sunia Bainivalu 1 try) Police 10 (Apisalome Waqatabu 1 pen, 1 con, Ulaiasi Lawavou 1 try) What happened:
01 Nov 2014 13:36
RFMF Win Battle

RFMF 18 (Tikilaci Vuibau 2 pen,  1 con, Vilive Marakiwai 1 try, Sunia Bainivalu 1 try)

Police 10 (Apisalome Waqatabu 1 pen, 1 con, Ulaiasi Lawavou 1 try)

What happened: The Republic of the Fiji Military Forces rugby team won the ANZ Ratu Sukuna Bowl after defeating Police 18-10 yesterday.

The warriors from Delainabua produced  a gallant performance and fought until the final whistle against the defending champions.

Led by captain Vodafone Fiji 7s rep Isake Katonibau the RFMF team dominated the  first half.

They put Police under pressure resulting in fullback Tikilaci Vuibau kicking a penalty in the 5th minute.

A blunder resulted in wing Vilive Marakiwai scoring the first try which was not converted by Vuibau.

Nadroga fullback and Vodafone Fiji 7s rep Apisalome Waqatabu kicked a penalty for RFMF to lead 8-3 at halftime.

Police regrouped in the second half as they lifted momentum using their powerful forwards pack led by Ulaiasi Lawavou, Etonia Naba, Setefano Somoca, Dan Ligairi and Joeli Veitayaki.

This resulted in Lawavou scoring a try in the first 6th minute and was converted by Waqatabu.

RFMF changed their defence pattern applying pressure on the Police side as Sunia Bainivalu charged down a kick from Police Amani Bosenawai  to score RFMF second try in the 64th minute. Vuibau kicked the conversion with a penalty in the 65th minute which gave the RFMF an 18-10 win at full time.

Star turn: RFMF played a team effort to win the battle.

Comments: RFMF captain Isake Katonibau acknowledges head coach Esala Nauga who helped them with their defence in the past weeks.

“I want to commend my men. They really worked hard prior to the game today, they really worked hard during training under the guidance of Esala Nauga and I guess defence played a huge part.

“All throughout the week and last week we were working on our defence under the guidance of Nauga.

“Police took the lead we were still confident that we are going to win,” he added.

Police captain Setefano Somoca said they will come back strongly next year.

“We want to thank God Almighty for giving us the courage to play for 80 minutes.

“RFMF won the game because they were a good team and they played their cards well and next year we will try and take the title back to Nasova.”

Feedback:  anasilinir@fijisun.com.fj

 



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