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Champions again

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, December 07, 2013

REPLACEMENT fullback Isoa Donaldson struck a penalty after the fulltime hooter to help Police retain the 2013 BSP Life Sukuna Bowl challenge title at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday.

Army was leading 24-22 with seconds remaining on the clock when they committed a foul close to their 22 metre mark.

Donaldson stepped up and calmly slotted the ball through the uprights sending the Police fans in a frenzy and leaving their counterparts in despair.

Police won 25-24.

Elated Police skipper Samu Bola said patience was the key in the win.

"When we were down, I told the boys to remain calm and that's what they did. We thank God for this victory," the Suva player said.

"This win is for all the Police supporters. We came here with a mission and we are happy to accomplish it."

Army coach Solomone Spooner said it was unfortunate for the team to lose in the dying stages of the match.

"I think we won if you compare the number of tries we scored. The boys had the guts to go for the tryline and score that many tries," he said.

"It was just that penalty which was unfortunate for us but the boys did well."

Police took the early lead after vice-captain Amani Bosenawai kicked the three-pointer in the fourth minute of the play to lead 3-0.

Army levelled the game through Setareki Koroilagilagi's penalty before Police fullback Apisalome Waqatabu dived in the corner to give his side 8-3 lead at the break.

Army showed more urgency in the second spell, which was marred with handling errors, and their persistence for the tryline paid off when prop Vesi Rarawa reached out for the whitewash to give his side 10-8 lead.

Josefa Levula scored a beautiful try for Army set up by fullback Jaoji Dakuvula to extend their lead to 17-8.

Police bounced back immediately through Atunaisa Turagaviu's try before Army's Sitiveni Kunaga scored to extend their lead to 24-15.

The Savenaca Aria-coached Police scored in the dying stages of the match through Mosese Volavola to cushion the deficit to 22-24 before Donaldson struck the winner.

Police flanker Nacanieli Namata received the Best Player of the Match award.