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It’s Time To KO Tailevu Champs

  It will be history in the making if Southern Zone teams Marist Brothers High School and Nasinu Secondary feature in the Deans Trophy Under-18 final at the ANZ Stadium
04 Aug 2016 12:22
It’s Time To KO  Tailevu Champs
Marist Brothers High School Under-18 rugby team during a training session yesterday. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

 

It will be history in the making if Southern Zone teams Marist Brothers High School and Nasinu Secondary feature in the Deans Trophy Under-18 final at the ANZ Stadium next week.

The southern schools which have won the Deans are MBHS (1965, 69, 76, 79, 78 with RKS ), Suva Grammar School (2001),  and Latter Day Saints College (1986) .

The southern schools continued to come out second best since competition started in 1939.

It’s about time the southern schools buck the trend and end the Tailevu domination of Ratu Kadavulevu School, Queen Victoria  and Lelean Memorial.

This Saturday is a perfect chance for MBHS and NSS to set the pace for a new era.

Nasinu needs to beat QVS in the first semifinal while last year’s finalists RKS and MBHS square off in what should be a crackerjack.

MBHS principal Ben Salacakau said they would be banking on some players from their U18 team last year and a few from their 2016 Coke Games athletics squad.

“Most of the players are new in the grade, we also have a few boys for the U17 grade,” Salacakau said.

“We’ve prepared well, although the weather has been against us.  But we are not going to use that as an excuse.

“We could have done better but I believe we are prepared.”

Salacakau said he wouldn’t say they are confident of a win this weekend but knows his boys will do their best for the school.

“We are fighting history knowing RKS have been champions of the competition for many years.

“They have been one of the top schools in the Deans competition,” he said.

“We respect them totally being the traditional powerhouse, they are good and we just have to be prepared.”

Salacakau acknowledged the support of the parents and old scholars.

MBHS will feature in the U14, U15 and U18 semifinals at Lawaqa Park this Saturday.

Edited by Osea Bola

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