Republic of Fiji military once again crowned international defense rugby champions

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RFMF led 17-3 at halftime with the captain, Sireli Ledua leading his run forward to crash and score his third try just before halftime.

Military forces of the Republic of Fiji during an attack during the International Defense Rugby Competition in Tokyo, Japan. They beat the UK Defense Force 31-17 in the final last night. Photo: Osea Natuva / RFMF

A change of venue due to high winds did not prevent the Republic of Fiji military forces from beating the UK Defense Forces 31-17 in the final to retain the international defense rugby competition trophy at Tokyo, Japan, yesterday.

Strong winds blew up the goal posts and the final was moved to the GSDF Narashino (Rugby Field) training area in Tokyo.

Captain (Navy) Osea Natuva, senior official of the RFMF team, said they had to make last minute adjustments due to the strong wind conditions.

RFMF led 17-3 at halftime with the captain, Sireli Ledua leading his run forward to crash and score his third try just before halftime.

The UKDF came out of the fire in the second half trying to get the game out of the fire.

“During the half, the players were asked to reduce their handling error, work on their continuity and challenge set pieces,” added Natuva.

Impressive RFMF winger Gabrieli Matakiviwa showed his speed to score near the post with the conversion underway.

The UKDF never gave up with James Dickson for a territory buried deep within the territory of the RFMF. Forwards never stopped trying and from a rush forward Rob Powell scored his first try with Dickson’s conversion.

RFMF came back in force and scored his last try against Sitiveni Kunaga with the conversion completed.

Just in added time, UKDF hit back with a Rob Parkinson try with Dickson converting him.

Natuva greeted Matakiviwa by indicating that he was one of their players who was in great shape during IDRC.

Edited by Sheldon Chanel

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