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Nothing New, Marist U18 Ready

There’s nothing new at the way the Marist Brothers High School Under-18 rugby side is approaching their Vodafone Super Deans Trophy Under-18 grandfinal against Suva Grammar School at Churchill Park, Lautoka, on Saturday.
06 Oct 2022 12:30
Nothing New, Marist U18 Ready
Marist Brothers High School Under-18 rugby players modest in victory after their semi-final triumph over Ba Provincial Free Bird Institute at Prince Charles Park, Nadi, on October 1, 2022. Photo: Leon Lord

There’s nothing new at the way the Marist Brothers High School Under-18 rugby side is approaching their Voda­fone Super Deans Trophy Under-18 grandfinal against Suva Gram­mar School at Churchill Park, Lautoka, on Saturday.

These were the words of team manager, Tagimoucia Kuboutawa, as they rounded up their prepara­tions.

After finishing third in the South­ern Zone, MBHS went on to beat the Eastern Zone champions Ratu Kadavulevu 16-13 in the national quarterfinals and Western Zone champions Ba Provincial Free Bird Institute 17-13 in the semifinal last Saturday. SGS is the Southern Zone champions.

Speaking to SUNsports, yesterday Kuboutawa said preparation as usual for them.

“There is nothing new in terms of our preparations and training heading into this week’s final,” she said.

“There are no changes to the way we do things in Marist, it’s always classes first then training later. We will take things slowly, one step at a time, we started our training on Monday.

Marist Brothers High School Under-18 rugby players after beating Ba Provincial Free Bird Institute 17-13 on October 1, 2022. Photo: Leon Lord

Marist Brothers High School Under-18 rugby players after beating Ba Provincial Free Bird Institute 17-13 on October 1, 2022. Photo: Leon Lord

“The coaching staff will identify areas that we need to improve on. Grammar is a very strong team be­cause they are the Southern Zone champions, we respect them but we will give them a good game.”

Kuboutawa said they have lost their tighthead prop Izzy Hesaia to the Fijian U18, which is currently touring New Zealand while Pita Ri­nakama is injured.

“They are key players but we have players that can fill in for them in the final this Saturday,” she added.

Kuboutawa said the support of parents, guardians and the Marist Old Boys have been the backbone of their success.

“We had headed down to Nadi with a goal to make the final last Saturday.

“We returned to Suva and marched into camp a few days back and the boys started their fi­nal preparations slowly.

“We are so grateful to the Marist Rugby Club president Lawrence Tikaram who’s always been there for us.

“Not forgetting our parents who were there with us from day one.”Capture01 Capture02

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