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Matai Shines For Police Win

Matai dazzled the Veilomani de­fence to score the first try of the Cup final
10 Mar 2019 18:48
Matai Shines For Police Win
Police 7s side celebrate after winning the Uluinakau 7s tournament win at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on March 9,2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s extend­ed squad member Rusiate Matai was in top form as Po­lice White beat Veilomani Combo 19-5 to hoist the Uluinakau 7s title at Prince Charles Park, Nadi yes­terday.

Matai dazzled the Veilomani de­fence to score the first try of the Cup final.

Few minutes later he assisted team-mate Belasio Vukiwai to ex­tend their lead with the second try while Meli Kurisaru’s conversions made it 14-0 at halftime.

In the second half, wily halfback and captain Livai Ikanikoda dived over to score their final try with the conversion going wide.

Veilomani Combo replied with a consolation try as they bowed out 19-7.

“I thank God for the win today,” Ikanikoda told SUNsports.

“This win is dedicated to all police officers working in every station and every police post around Fiji.

“Also, to our families for their sup­port. I also thank my team-mates for their hard work as we achieved what we were aiming for.”

Earlier on, Police Whites defeated Wadigi 24-12 while Veilomani Com­bo beat Yamacia 22-17 in the Cup semi-finals.

Other results:

Shield Final: Nawaka Black 14-5 Nawaka White

Bowl Final: BLK Nadroga 42-0 Na­muaniwaqa

Plate Final: Uluinakau Babas 17-0 Red Diamond 3FIR

Under- 20 Youth Final: Gaunavou 17-0 Sigatoka Young boys 17-0

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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