Police claim league title on final day of season
Police claimed their first title in more than a decade with a nervy 21-10 win over Teachers this past weekend.
Tries from South African duo Durnferd Davis and David Pringle helped the boys in blue to battle back from 10-9 down to dethrone the defending champions.
Trailing Police by a point in the standings going into the game, Teachers were quick out of the blocks and got the ideal start when Shauntino Simmons scampered down the left wing to score the game's first try.
They were pegged back almost immediately however by a Dan Cole penalty, and despite missing another attempt, Cole added two further penalties to put his side 9-5 up at half time.
More indiscipline after the break should have seen Teachers fall futher behind, but Cole missed another penalty, and the defending champions took full advantage, crossing for their second try from a well-worked catch and drive from a lineout close to the Police line.
The slender lead didn't last long though, and the Police backs, who had been steadily improving as the game wore on, finally came together to send Pringle over for his side's first try.
Police maintained their narrow 14-10 lead going into the final frantic minutes, but a moment of magic from Davis, who jinked his way down the wing before turning the fullback inside out and crossing in the corner, put the final nail in Teachers' coffin.
Pringle banged over the conversion, giving Police a 21-10 lead and a thoroughly deserved title in a season where they generally outscored and out-played the rest of the teams.
In the weekend's other games, Mariners thumped Renegades 41-26 in which both teams played with 14-men after an ugly incident involving Renegades' Tom Healy and Andy Boyce from Mariners. The pair were sent off following the altercation, which rather over-shadowed what would have otherwise have been an entertaining game.
Mariners seemed less effected than their opponents, and ran in seven tries through Lochlan Armour, Chris Furbert (2), Soniko Thomas (2), Alan Staynor and Dave Rourke. Renegardes responded with tries from Tom Kelly and Tony Vakula, with Phil Hall kicking the rest of his side's points in a bad-tempered affair.
In the ladies games, Teachers beat Police 4-2, with tries from Katie Wright (2), Amber Karaz and Kim Spencer, while Mariners and Renegades battled it out to a 1-1 draw.
With the league season now finished, attention turns to the Renegades Club Day this Sunday, and the season-ending Nicol Shield in two weeks time.