Rugby

Navy End 2020 With Escott Shield

Powered by brute force, Navy capped off the season winning the Digicel Escott Shield at Albert Park yesterday. Props Mateo Qolisese and Manasa Saulo set the platform for victory in
22 Nov 2020 15:47
Navy End 2020 With Escott Shield
Fresh’et Navy rugby team with supporters after winning the Digicel Escott Shield at Albert Park, Suva, on November 21, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Powered by brute force, Navy capped off the season winning the Digicel Escott Shield at Albert Park yesterday.

Props Mateo Qolisese and Manasa Saulo set the platform for victory in the 24-17 victory over Police Blue in the final of the Suva Rugby Union premier competition.

Navy drew first blood after a penalty kick by first five-eighth Jone Manu hit the goalpost and a rumble for the line resulted in a try by the former Queen Victoria School student.

Manu kicked the conversion and also slotted a penalty for the 10-9 lead at halftime. National 7s squad member Teri Tamani kept Police in the game with three penalties.

But the turning point came early in the second half when Navy were awarded a penalty try after the Police pack continued to wilt as the battle upfront intensified. Tamani kept Police in a fighting chance with his fourth penalty for the 17-12 scoreline.

Qolisese and Saulo were replaced by Vesi Rarawa and Apisai Vatubuli who shifted the battle upfront into overdrive.

This resulted in two tries being awarded by the referee which was later ruled out by the television match official.

But Navy cleverly shifted their point of attack and a perfectly placed cross resulted in their third try which was converted for the 24-12 lead.

With fans of both teams getting their voices heard, the game lived up to expectations with its fair share of drama.

Apart from Qolisese’s yellow card in the first half, Navy wing Vereniki Tabuyalewa was red carded for unsportsmanlike behaviour. Team and match officials quickly arrested the situation.

After consulting with television match official, the referee awarded Police first try at fulltime with Tamani missing the conversion. But the firepower from Navy was too much for the Nasova brigade to handle as they won the trophy first donated by the then

Governor, Sir Ernest Bickham Sweet-Escott in 1913.

 

OTHER RESULTS

Meanwhile, Eastern Saints won the Digicel Koroturaga Cup with a 17-12 win over Navy in sudden death play. Lami Kava Draunivau Sharks took out the Rawakerei Trophy after beating Kalokolevu 20-18.

 Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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