Police Blues beat NFA to retain Escott Shield title

POLICE Blues retained the coveted RC Manubhai Suva Rugby Union Escott Shield after beating Fiji Bitter NFA 18-15 at the ANZ Stadium on Friday night.

The Solomoni Nute-coached Police led 13-7 at the break and managed to fend off a late surge from NFA to retain the prestigious title.

The lawmen managed to get the first points on the board from a penalty by Mika Eleravou to lead 3-0.

NFA bounced back immediately to score a converted try by fullback Nacani Wakaya before Uraia Tuidama put Police back in the lead from a try midway in the opening spell.

Indiscipline marred NFA’s chances and Police capitalised on the opportunity to extend its lead to 13-7 through a penalty successfully kicked by Tuidama.

NFA made a better start in the second spell and scored a try through Meli Rusa to cushion the deficit to 12-13.

Police missed a series of penalties before Tuidama crossed the whitewash to lead 18-12.

NFA tried hard in the final quarter of the match but only managed a penalty, losing 15-18.

Police walked away with $3000 while NFA settled for $1500 and also collected $2000 for winning the round robin competition.

Fiji Bitter Army Green defeated Covenant Blues 15-13 in the 3rd/4th place play-off.

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