SPORTS

Tuisese Stars In Escott Win

Police Blue No.8 Inoke Tuisese is a man on a mission. He scored three tries in their 30-19 win over Fresh’et Navy in the Suva Rugby Union’s Escott Shield grand
24 Sep 2017 11:00
Tuisese Stars In Escott Win
Man of the match Inoke Tuisese of the Police team crosses over for a try. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

Police Blue No.8 Inoke Tuisese is a man on a mission.

He scored three tries in their 30-19 win over Fresh’et Navy in the Suva Rugby Union’s Escott Shield grand final at Albert Park, Suva yesterday.

Tuisese told SUNsports with the Escott Shield now in the bag their next move is to defend the Ratu Sukuna Bowl challenge against the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) on October 20.

“I want to thank the Lord for giving us the victory today and also for me receiving the player of the match award,” Tuisese said.

“We’re preparing for two battles first is this one which we’ve conquered and the next one is yet to come and that is the Ratu Sukuna Bowl challenge on October 20.”

Police started the final on a high note running in two tries to Samu Antonio and Tuisese while first five eight Meli Kurisaru successfully kicked in two penalty kicks and a conversion.

Navy managed to register their points in the first half through a Josaia Lotawa try which was converted by Mosese Tikoduadua.  Police led 18-7 at haltime.

The sailors regrouped at the start of the second half scoring their second try through Osea Vereivalu while the conversion was wide as they narrowed the deficit to 18-12. However, Police upped the intensity and broke through the sailors defensive line to score their third try through Tuisese while Kurisaru was successful with the conversion.

Navy fought back and with the support of their backline saw Mateo Qaisese bulldozed his way through the Police forwards to score their third try and Tikoduadua was spot on with the conversion.

With the scores at 25-19 it was not over yet for Police as they continued to dominate possession in the scrums and breakdowns which allowed Tuisese to score his third try of the match.

Navy captain Jitoko Usamaki believes it’s not the end of the road for them as they also look forward to the annual Ratu Sukuna Bowl challenge.

“Majority of these players will be part of the RFMF team for the Ratu Sukuna Bowl so we have learned from here and we will move forward.

“Our main weaknesses were on our set pieces and breakdown areas,” Usamaki said.

 

KOROTURAGA final

Police White won the Koroturaga final after a strong come back in the final minute to edge out Covenant Brothers 26-20.

Police White coach Solomone Nute said this was another achievement by the Force.

“I’m grateful on how the boys stuck to our structure that we had placed right from the development level till now.

“The boys kept to it as we fought back to win,” Nute added.

 

WOMEN’S 10s

The experienced Marist Sea Hawks women side walloped first timers Blue Light Lami 49-7 to win the Suva Rugby Union’s women’s 10s final.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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