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  The Nasinu Secondary School Under-18 rugby side is ready to take on St John’s College in the first quarterfinal of the Coke Zero Deans competition at the ANZ Stadium
28 Jul 2017 11:00
Bring It On
Nasinu Secondary School under 18 side . Photo: Ronald Kumar.

 

The Nasinu Secondary School Under-18 rugby side is ready to take on St John’s College in the first quarterfinal of the Coke Zero Deans competition at the ANZ Stadium tomorrow.

Coach Isikeli Kalouniviti said they respect the Ovalu-based school but they would play according to plan.

“St John’s upset Lelean Memorial in the Eastern Zone playoff so we are expecting to play against a tough side and we have been preparing well.

“We respect them, we are taking each game at a time, not getting our bring it on

hopes high but we are grateful that we have reached the Cup quarterfinal stage,” Kalouniviti said.

Nasinu has never won the Deans trophy. The last time they reached the final was in 2012. The side had no pre-season preparation but the players have been sacrificing their time every afternoon to train for the new rugby season.

“We have our normal training every afternoon, no pre-season and we just started in Term Two.

“These players have the right attitude to come and train and the determination on the field is overwhelming.

“We will utilise each and every opportunity and will leave no stone unturned,” Kalouniviti added.

Last year the school U17 side reached the final but this year it was difficult for the U18 team management trying to put together new combinations.

“This is a new U18 team from the U17 side that played in the final last year. We are grateful the way these players are blending together.

“We will play the game we have been training for,” he added.

Bolstering the Nasinu side would be Josevata Vakatuturaga who was part of the Fijian U18 rugby league side that toured Australia earlier in the year.

“For us we do not want to treat this team as a special team but we want to develop these players.

“For us to conquer, we need to maintain composure and minimise mistakes,” he said.

Nasinu plays St John’s College in the first U18 quaterfinal match at 10:50am followed by Cuvu College- Suva Grammar at 12:20pm, Marist Brothers takes on Ratu Kadavulevu School at 3pm and the feature match of the day sees Queen Victoria School taking on Ratu Navula College at 5pm.

Edited by Osea Bola

 


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