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Moce Books Final Spot

Lelean Memorial School 21-18 Queen Victoria School ERONI TUINACEVA Suva What happened? Flyhalf Lepani Moce has earned a spot in the hearts of Lelean Memorial School students and supporters alike
04 Aug 2014 10:24

Lelean Memorial School 21-18 Queen Victoria School

ERONI TUINACEVA
Suva

What happened?
Flyhalf Lepani Moce has earned a spot in the hearts of Lelean Memorial School students and supporters alike after kicking the pivotal penalty that saw his side qualify for the Coke Zero Deans Under-18 finals following a thrilling encounter with Queen Victoria School.
The boys from Vulinituraga drew first blood with a try; star kicker Ratu Kinivuwai Veitata missing the conversion. Moce notched two penalties for his side putting them on the scoreboard before Veitata converted a penalty to see QVS take the lead at halftime 8-6.
The second half saw a reinvigorated Lelean take charge with Onisivoro Radrodro and Vuniani Muakalou each scoring a try to give their side an 18-8 lead with Moce successfully converting Radrodro’s score but missing Muakalou’s.
Edward Sawailau resurrected QVS’ hopes with a try and successful conversion by Veitata to bring the points up to 18-15. Veitata’s successful conversion of another penalty saw the scoreboard sit at 18-18 at fulltime, pushing the game in to sudden death.
Moce’s precision in the second half of the 10-minute round saw LMS go through to the final, ending QVS’ Deans Trophy campaign.
Star turn:
The Susui, Vanuabalavu, Lau lad played a pivotal role in LMS’ 21-18 victory revealing that he had no doubt he would successfully convert the crucial penalty and secure the win.
“I was quite confident that I would be able to kick the penalty and get us the win. This role was nothing new to me as I’ve always played in this position. I’ve spent my whole life preparing for moments like this, from childhood right up to this game, so I didn’t feel overly pressured.
“I believed the kick would go through and just did what I always did in previous games and during training and I left the rest in God’s hands and he followed through. This game was a testament of what we can achieve when our hearts and heads are in the right place.”
Moce credited the win to divine guidance and the vast Lelean support system.
“I want to thank the Lord for the strength to help us get through the game, especially the sudden death round. This victory is a testament to the guidance God has given us and this win is dedicated to the Almighty.
“A big thanks to the school principal, our classmates, our fellow students and the Lelean family as a whole for their continuous support throughout the season. This was a really tough game and we must commend QVS too for being the best possible opponent.”
Comments:
LMS school principal Ledua Colati believed it was an evenly-matched affair, commending QVS for a formidable effort.
“We must thank QVS. They gave their hundred per cent just as we did and in the end I believe it was an evenly-matched affair. QVS really challenged our forwards but I think we managed to neutralize their backline.”
“This is the first time we’ll be going into the final to contest the Deans Trophy in the Under-18 grade. The last time we won was 2010 and that was the last year it was contested in the Under-19 grade so it’s been a while and there’s much work to be done for the final.”
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