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St John’s Day

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July 30
11:15 2017


In an upset, St John’s College dumped Southern Zone champions Nasinu Secondary School 20-9 in the first Coke Zero Deans Trophy Under-18 quarterfinals at the ANZ Stadium, Suva yesterday.

SJC head coach Sefanaia Takape told SUNsunsports that their biggest motivation was celebrating the chapel’s 100 years.

“We thank God for giving us the strength and the victory today,” he said.

“We had planned to start strongly right for from the kickoff and that’s what the boys did today. Our other motivation came from the parents as they were always cooking for the team.”

The Ovalau based-school started strongly and scored their first try through centre Matemosi Volauuca and converted by Toroca Luvu.

St John’s applied the pressure and Nasinu only had themselves to blame as their defence lacked the sting which allowed Ika Naikelekele to dive over for their second try.

Nasinu replied with two penalties through the boots of Viliame Rokoqica to narrow the deficit to 12-6 at halftime.

St John’s lifted the momentum in the second half as they stuck to their game plan.

They displayed entertaining rugby and scored their final try through Sevuloni Takolevu.

The match became scrappy in the final quarter while Luvu and Viliame Lomani traded penalties.

“We will continue to work hard and remain humble as we work for the semifinal. We will need to work on our defensive structures,” Takape added.

NSS head coach Sikeli Kalouniviti believes it’s not the end of rugby for his players.

“We thank God for the game and it’s not the end for us, actually it’s just the starting of these young boys rugby career,” he added.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua



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