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Mitchell Simpson: Humility, Respect Pave The Way To Victory

Their joy was short-lived when RKS number eight Nathan Tuilaucala crashed over for a try with the conversion going wide.
04 Aug 2019 11:27
Mitchell Simpson: Humility, Respect Pave The Way To Victory
Suva Grammar School U17 loose forward Daniel Fereti wins the lineout throw against Ratu Kadavulevu School in the Vodafone Super Deans Trophy semi-final at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka on August 3, 2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia.

The Mitchell Simpson captained- Suva Grammar School side pulled out a major upset of the Vodafone Super Deans Under-17 semi-final when they beat Ratu Kadavulevu School 17-10 at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka yesterday.

The win ended RKS winning run which started from last year when they won the U16 title.

In the 12th minute Nemani Smith who was playing at centre scored the first try which was converted by Kevueli Sauvakacolo.

Their joy was short-lived when RKS number eight Nathan Tuilaucala crashed over for a try with the conversion going wide.

Not to be outdone Grammar struck back with a try to loose forward Daniel Fereti while Sauvakacolo added the extras for a 14-5 lead.

Again Sauvakacolo extended the lead to 17-5 with a penalty before Viliame Ledua scored RKS second try with the conversion going wide again.

“We remained humble and that enforced our discipline and respect in the team,” Simpson said.

“That was our main base and that took us through. “We wasn’t going to let them (RKS) score and we held on in defence.

“The boys trusted each other and the bond was strong and so we managed to hold them right through,” he said.

In the other U17 semi-final, Pauliasi Lualua kicked the winning penalty to hand Queen Victoria School a ticket to the final.

They beat Nasinu Secondary School 18-14 with Samuela Dakumoi and Ponipate Komai scored tries for Nasinu Secondary while Pauliasi Lualua, Marika Bulimaibau scored for QVS.

BA PRO FACE ST JOHN’S

The Ba Provincial Freebird Institute created the second upset with a 28-15 win over Ratu Kadavulevu School in the U19 semi-final.

This was a nail-biting match where the Lautoka based team came out firing as they led 14-12 at halftime. In the second semi-final, Saint John’s College from Ovalau beat Lelean Memorial School 25-10.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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