RUGBY: Sabah Eagles turn tables on NS Wanderers
SABAH Eagles overturned a disappointing group stage loss to tournament favourites Negri Sembilan Wanderers to beat them 24-19 in a close final and clinch the Guinness Jonah Jones Super League title at the Royal Selangor Club, Bukit Kiara yesterday.
Eagles had started the match, featuring 12 Fijians between the two sides, brightly and took less than three minutes to open the scoring through Aporosa Duwale.
Their lead, however, did not last long as a more settled Wanderers levelled the score in the fifth minute through Iwane Tokesilili and took the lead just before the break with an Michael Nabuliwaqa effort.
The second-half saw a resurgent Eagles take full control immediately and tied the game through a Viliame Veto try in the 11th minute. They retook the lead when Waisea Nasekai scored three minutes later.
Duwale's second try of the game for the Eagles in the 18th minute essentially sealed the match for the Sabah side with a final minute try from Nabuliwaqa being nothing more than a consolation for the Wanderers.
Meanwhile, Keris Conlay finished third in the Super League after beating the Bandaraya Dragons 21-18 in the playoff match.
The club category saw the Hong Kong Dragons emerge victorious with a 38-17 win over Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (TMISS). TMISS, however, made up for their loss whey they clinched the under-21 title with a 21-5 win over the Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia Smookies in the final.