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Kings of Deans

Kings of Deans
The victorious Ratu Kadavulevu School Under-18 rugby team celebrating their Coke Zero Deans Trophy win with the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, at Suva’s ANZ Stadium on August 12, 2017. They beat Queen Victoria School 20–5. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau
August 13
11:59 2017

Fasting was one of the winning recipes for Ratu Kadavulevu School who created history in Fijian Secondary School Rugby after winning all grades in the Coke Zero Deans Trophy final at the ANZ Stadium last night.

This was revealed by RKS Under-18 player of the match No 8 Anuilagi Mirialolo. “One thing that was in our mind during that final was to die for our school and the comment from Ben Ryan that was always in our minds was to ‘empty the tank’,” he said.

“We went through a lot of sacrifices – we had to fast full day every Wednesday and for me I was fasting four days this week seeking God’s blessing to come here and conquer.”

Being away from home since term one has finally paid off for all the winning grades of Delainakaikai. Assistant Principal Walesi Soqoiwasa told SUNsports the school teams have not had their break since term one.

“The teams haven’t been released from camp since term one; they haven’t been on weekends, school holidays and we made sure we supported them in every way till today,” Soqoiwasa said.

“All the things that we do in the national level competition we did it in school. We screened the players’ identification cards with registration, once we see everything is right we came here.

“It was a holistic preparation in school, the school chaplain did his part, the coaches did their part, the managers and administration.

“Principal headed a support group consisting of executive officers of the school, farm manager, store man, nurse and chef, these were all the people behind the scene.”

RKS becomes the first school to win all the grades in the Coke Zero Deans Trophy from Under-14 to U19.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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