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Navy Win Escott Shield

Fresh’et Navy are the new champions of the RC Manubhai Escott Shield. They defeated Fiji Bitter Army Green 19-13 at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, last night. Navy won $2000 while
12 Sep 2015 10:19
Navy Win Escott Shield
Navy win Escott Shield...Freshet Navy celebrate after winning the Escott Shield, defeating Army 19-13 at ANZ Stadium yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci.

Fresh’et Navy are the new champions of the RC Manubhai Escott Shield.

They defeated Fiji Bitter Army Green 19-13 at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, last night.

Navy won $2000 while Army Green walked away with $1000.

Navy coach Osea Natuva said their victory was sweet, especially after missing some of their senior players who had been preparing for the Ratu Sukuna Bowl challenge next Friday.

“This is a testament of the strength of the squad and our younger players who stood up and played a really good game tonight,” Natuva said.

The sailors provided strong defence to deny their RFMF brothers from Delainabua chances to add points on the scoreboard.

“We are proud of the efforts from our boys and we were relaxed throughout the whole game because I know when it comes down to the wire, our boys will step up to the challenge.”

Navy had a bullet start in the first five minutes with a converted try to Mosese Tikoduadua for their 7-0 lead. They maintained their momentum throughout the first-half shutting Army Green down in all phases of the game.

Tikoduadua was flawless in his kicking, grabbing 12 points from four penalties. Jone Soro scored Army’s lone try and Ilikena Niumataiwalu added the conversion and two penalties.

Army coach Timoci Volavola said their loss has only boosted them for next season.

“It was a good game and we accept the defeat. This has set a platform for the next season and we know now what we must do.

“This has also given us the boost to try harder and come back stronger next year,” Volavola said.

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