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Police Win Ratu Sukuna Bowl

What happened: The Fiji Police Force was the new winners of the 2015 ANZ Ratu Sukuna Bowl after defeating Republic of the Fiji Military Forces 25-17 at the ANZ Stadium
19 Sep 2015 14:45
Police Win Ratu Sukuna Bowl
Ratu Sukuna Bowl winners, Police and supporters with Commissioner of Police Ben Groenewald at ANZ Stadium yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

What happened: The Fiji Police Force was the new winners of the 2015 ANZ Ratu Sukuna Bowl after defeating Republic of the Fiji Military Forces 25-17 at the ANZ Stadium yesterday. Police had an explosive start getting fi eld advantage early in the game as they drew fi rst blood in the fi fth minute with a penalty kick from Jonetani Ralulu right in front of the post. RFMF’s defence was tested to its limits as Police pressured them in their own half capitalising on their mistakes with another penalty awarded to Police 10 minutes later which was successfully converted by Ralulu, 6-0. RFMF struggled to settle down while Police played smart rugby applying continuous pressure. Ralulu was on point with his kicking as he successfully converted two other penalties in the 26th and 33rd minute to further Polices lead to 12-0. Tikilaci Vuibau kicked two penalties for RFMF just minute to half time. Police led 12-6 at half time.

RFMF regrouped in the opening minutes of the second half to close the gap in the second spell with a successful penalty kick from Vuibau.

Police kept the RFMF defence at bay, in the 49th minute; Ratu Meli Kurisaru added another three points with a drop kick to extend their lead to 15-9.

RFMF were given no chances to make a breakthrough with Police keeping them in their half which paid off as a penalty try was awarded as RFMF kept disrupting the scrum, seeing two points added by Ralulu gave Police a comfortable 22-9 lead.

RFMF could not penetrate the Police defence and had to resort to converting penalties as Vuibau put another three points up on the board.

Basic handling errors cost RFMF as Police was awarded yet another penalty which was successfully converted, 25-12. In the 71st minute, RFMF got the breakthrough they needed with a try from Fijian Warrior hooker Sireli Ledua, 25-17 but that was not enough to retain their title.

Star turn; Jonetani Ralulu’s kicking game was flawless as he contributed most to Police victory.

Big play; RFMF got their confidence back in the dying stages of the game and managed to score a try but was too late to win the game.

Comments;

Fiji Police Force coach Savenaca Aria said; “This win feels really good, all our preparation and training was aimed at winning today’s (yesterday) game and that is what happened. The Almighty the one behind our victory and is the one who gave us strength. I want to dedicate this win to all the police officers around Fiji and also to the Commissioner Ben Groenewald.”

RFMF manager Captain Saula Koro said; “We came prepared and the boys did their best out on the field but at the end of the day it was Police who were the better side.

“We are happy with how they performed and we know that our boys came with the mindset to win but this just only motivates us.”

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