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Ra High Works On Mistakes, Sets Eyes On Final

Ra High School is determined to stamp their mark in the Vodafone Deans Under-19 semifinals at Prince Charles Park, Nadi this Saturday.
28 Sep 2022 14:06
Ra High Works On Mistakes, Sets Eyes On Final
Ra High School Under-19 team and management after their quarterfinal win against Nasinu Secondary School at Bidesi Park, Suva on September 24, 2022. Photo: Sereana Salalo

Ra High School is determined to stamp their mark in the Vodafone Deans Under-19 semifinals at Prince Charles Park, Nadi this Saturday.

They created history for their school after beating Nasinu Sec­ondary School 15-13 in the national quarterfinal last Saturday at Buck­hurst Park.

Head coach Luke Serubasaga said most of his players were playing rugby union for the first time this year.

 

This is because the school has been taking part in the secondary school’s rugby league competitions the past years.

“Most of these players switched to rugby union this year,” Seruba­saga said.

“We have been making a lot of mistakes, come next game we will be ready,” he said.

 

“We will continue to polish up in our coordination and in the areas, we lag in plus avoid the mistakes; we have been giving away a lot of advantage to the opposition.

“They were a few shoulder charg­es and basic errors; majority of these boys they only played rugby league and this is their first sec­ondary schools rugby union out­ing.

“This is not a big issue especial­ly when they have a good grip on the basics.

 

“Reaching this far was a great achievement. We will continue to improve and advance to the next level.”

Two of their players Apisalome Vunisa and Viliame Taria are members of the Fijian Under-18 rugby league schoolboys’ team that will face the Australian schoolboys on Friday afternoon at Albert Park.

“We knew Nasinu would be a stronger side because of their for­ward pack, so I devised a plan to counter that,” he said.

 

“This will be the first time for Ra High to advance in the semifinal.

“We hope to give it our best shot now that it is played in Nadi. The weather should be on our side.

“Playing rugby league last season has helped them maintain that mo­mentum as they have the advan­tage of playing together the past three years.”

Story By: sereana.salalo@fijisun.com.fj



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