No Secret Recipe: Delana

A jubilant Police rugby skip­per Jone Delana says, hard work and dedication ena­bled them to win back the ANZ Ratu Sukuna Bowl at the ANZ Sta­dium, Suva last night. The
24 Nov 2018 10:25
No Secret Recipe: Delana
Police rugby winger Rusiate Matai scored the first of his two tries against Republic of Fiji Military Forces during the ANZ Ratu Sukuna Bowl challenge at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on November 23, 2018. Police won 41-17 to win back the Ratu Sukuna Bowl. Photo: Ronald Kumar

A jubilant Police rugby skip­per Jone Delana says, hard work and dedication ena­bled them to win back the ANZ Ratu Sukuna Bowl at the ANZ Sta­dium, Suva last night.

The Blues walloped the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) side 41-17 to the joy of their supporters.

“There is no secret recipe of us winning it’s our hard work and dedication that gave us the victo­ry,” Delana told SUNsports.

“Every player played their part and contributed immensely into this sweet victory.”

What happened; Police proved themselves strong in the first 40 minutes as they dominated all fac­ets of play. They scored their first try through prop Timoci Sauvoli which was converted by full-back Apisalome Waqatabu.

They continued on with their en­tertaining rugby and scored the second try through winger Rusi­ate Matai while Waqatabu failed to convert as they led 12-0.

Then moments later Matai scored his second try and Waqatabu add­ed the extras from the conversion.

RFMF regrouped as Mosese Tikoduadua kicked over first pen­alty to narrow the deficit at 19-3.

The Delainabua brigade contin­ued to build momentum scoring their first try through lock Joseva Levula with Tikoduadua’s conver­sion going wide as they trailed 19-8..

Police who had the services of Fiji Airways Drua reps like Waqatabu, Eremasi Radrodro, Ifereimi Tovi­levu, Jone Navori and hooker Ra­tunaisa Navuma lifted their game to another notch.

Indsicpline play crept into RFMF’s game and Waqatabu kicked over a penalty in the 40th minute to give Police a handy 22-10 lead.

Halftime; RFMF 10-22 Police

The Police forwards led by No.8 Radrodro took control of play and never allowed RFMF any chance at all.

Radrodro’s bustling run saw him crash over for the fourth try with Waqatabu’s conversion taking the scores to 29-10.

Immense pressure by Police saw the RFMF defence buckle as centre Watisoni Sevutia sliced through a gap to score their fifth try with the conversion going wide as they ex­tended the lead to 34-10.

RFMF only had themselves to blame with poor defence structure as replacement flanker Josefa Ku­ricuva ran in Police sixth try with Meli Kurisaru successful with the conversion as they went further ahead 41-10.

RFMF fought back and scored a consolation try to lock Peni Naula­go with the conversion from Apor­osa Kenatale going over.

Comments: RFMF Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto was impressed their young players performance.

“Sad we lost, we would love to win but that was not the way the game was played.

“I take hats off to the young play­ers who played today, they played well, the coach trusted them and they gave their all.”


Police pipped Republic of Fiji Military Force side 23-21 yesterday. RFMF started strongly in the first half time as they led the score­board by 14-13 with Timoci Vola­vola and Jolame Davui scoring a try each while Davui’s conversions went over.

Police try came from Laisiasa Boginivalu and converted by Ama­ni Bosenawai who also landed two penalties.

Police changed their game plan in the last two quarter of the game and scored the second try through Jale Jitoko who also converted it for 20-14. RFMF bounced back and scored their third try through Sakeo Sorovakawalu with Davui’s conversion saw them hold a 21-20 lead.

But it was Bosenawai who kicked over the winning penalty in the dy­ing moments of the game.

Police coach/player Solomone Nute said: “We didn’t really have much time to prepare since we were working throughout the elec­tion period, we just got together this week and prepared for four days.”


Police won the development divi­sion earlier on in the day defeating RFMF 13-16.

Coach Solomoni Nute said: “It’s a good start for our young players, these will be future representatives for the Force and I’m impressed with what they have shown.”

– Edited Leone Cabenatabua


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