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RKS ousts champ at the death

Justine Mannan Suva NewNet Ratu Kadavulevu School (RKS) defeated reigning champs Ratu Navula College 11-8 in the Coke Zero Deans semifinals yesterday. Both teams put on splendid performance as it
04 Aug 2014 10:25

Justine Mannan
Suva
NewNet Ratu Kadavulevu School (RKS) defeated reigning champs Ratu Navula College 11-8 in the Coke Zero Deans semifinals yesterday.
Both teams put on splendid performance as it went into sudden death where RKS clinched their spot in the finals from a penalty kick to wing Marika Kubu in the first minute of second half.
RKS rugby manager Qatia Brown says they are on track of ending their nine-year drought.
“They did their best and I can say that we are going in the right direction,” he said.
“When Marika was going to take that kick, I knew that it would go in and the support of all the students really motivated the boys as well.”
RKS last reached the finals of the Deans competition in 2005 when they drew with Suva Grammar School 19-19.

What happened?
RKS made the first breakthrough in the 11th minute by right wing Timoci Meya who scored the first try. Ratu Navula replied four minutes later from a pick and drive through flanker Timoci Dawai.
RKS could not maintain discipline awarding Ratu Navula a penalty. Ratu Navula 8-5 RKS.
Both teams came out stronger in the second spell defending their fort.
In the 76th minute RKS was awarded a penalty kick which was converted by Kubu to tie the game at 8-8. Extra time tested the both teams but RKS came out on top as Kubu kicked a penalty kick to seal the win 11-8.
Star turn:
Marika Kubu’s kicking was what kept RKS surviving.
Big Play:
Ratu Navula defended well and played well but luck was not on their side.
RKS will meet Lelean Memorial School (LMS) in the finals on August 16..
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