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Plan Was To Pressure Our Opponent: Mitchell Simpson

“Winning both grades under-14 and under-17 is special to us be­cause we are in a rebuilding phase and with our anniversary next year what a good way to start.”
11 Aug 2019 15:28
Plan Was To Pressure Our Opponent: Mitchell Simpson
Suva Grammar School, Under 17 grade winners in the 2019 Vodafone Deans Trophy competition. Photo: Simione haranavanua.

The plan to pressure Queen Victoria School paid off for the Suva Grammar School side as they romped to a 30-17 win in the Vodafone Super Deans Tro­phy Under-17 final at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka yesterday.

Grammar U17 captain, Mitchell Simpson said the win is special for the school as they prepare to celebrate its 60th anniversary next year.

“It’s very special to us, it’s been a long time since we reach the final and we thank God for being with us from day one,” Simpson said.

“Winning both grades under-14 and under-17 is special to us be­cause we are in a rebuilding phase and with our anniversary next year what a good way to start.”

Simpson indicated that he re­minded his team-mates to stay calm and keep on pressuring QVS.


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The Grammar backline put on a classy performance after domi­nating field possession which dis­rupted QVS game plan. Fullback Kevueli Sauvakacolo successful converted a penalty for a 3-0 lead. QVS bounced back with a try to Et­uate Williams which was converted by Pauliasi Lualala for a 7-3 lead.

The Grammar forwards re­grouped as Naibuka Matadigo scored their first try and was converted by Sauvakacolo to re­gain the lead 10-7. They continued pressuring QVS and penetrated their defensive line with Manasa Bainimarama slipping through for their second try while Sauvakacolo made no mistake with the conver­sion to extend their lead to 17-7.

QVS came back strongly in the second spell as Lualala was suc­cessful with his second penalty to narrow the deficit 17-10. The Lions fought back as they dominated pos­session with Matadigo touching down his second try which was again converted by Sauvakacolo to further the lead to 24-10.

Not giving up QVS kept on try­ing and scored their second try to Iosefo Namoce with Lualala land­ing the conversion 24-17.

Continued pressured saw QVS crumbled as they made a lot of un­forced errors which saw Matadigo taking over the kicking duties to land two penalties for a 30-17 win.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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