Police Blues beat NFA to retain Escott Shield title
5 October, 2014, 12:00 am
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.