The Santo Police Forces have won the inaugural Icon Reeves Luganville Nines, defeating the Wild Hogs 14 – 12 in a thrilling final at Lycee De Luganville College on Saturday.
The Police, who progressed through the tournament undefeated, were pushed all the way by the Luganville based Wild Hogs, with only two points separating the two teams throughout most of the match. The win now means the Vanuatu Police Forces hold both the Port Vila and Luganville Nines trophies for 2021.
In the third place Play-Off, the Vanuatu Mobile Forces defeated the South Santo Hunters 12 – 10.
The inaugural Luganville Nines feature five teams, and celebrated the return of Rugby League to Vanuatu’s largest island since COVID-19.
Players taking part in the tournament will be considered for the inaugural Sanma Provincial team. The Sanma Provincial team will play a Shefa Provincial side on November 9 to close out the 2021 Vanuatu Rugby League season, expanding on the old Santo Boars v Port Vila Fireants representative fixture.
Photos Courtesy of Redley Jonas & Rubert.