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Deans Starts

Neighbouring secondary schools sports giants, Ratu Kadavulevu School and Queen Victoria School start their rugby zone Under-18 challenge match on Saturday.
21 Jul 2022 15:32
Deans Starts
From left: Queen Victoria School Under-18 captain Tomasi Seru, with Ratu Kadavulevu School U18 captain, Tawake Vakacegu in Suva on July 20, 2022. Photo: Sereana Salalo

Neighbouring secondary schools sports giants, Ratu Kadavulevu School and Queen Victoria School start their rugby zone Under-18 challenge match on Saturday.

The Eastern zone challenge match was on hold for two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Defending champs RKS will host the match at Lodoni. The challenge is the opener to the much anticipat­ed Vodafone Deans trophy.

QVS head boy and Under-18 cap­tain Tomasi Seru confirmed that the players had sacrificed their school break to prepare for the challenge match.

“We have been camping since the start of the one-week holiday. We are expecting a tough game; with RKS as holders – the challenge won’t be easy,” Seru said.

To lift the challenge trophy at Lo­doni on Saturday is what the young men from Matavatucou have been psyching themselves up for.

Majority of the players in both camps last played in 2019. Seru was part of the QVS U15 side that won the grade final that year after beating RKS 13-12 at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka.

“We will work hard to win the Deans trophy this year,” he said.

Bouncing off from how the QVS rugby league sides made history two weeks ago, the Nukuvuto young ruggers are keen to pile on more rugby trophies. QVS scooped the recent Fiji Secondary School Rugby League competition, win­ning all three grades. Some mem­bers of that victorious U19 rugby league side will feature in their U18 Deans stints this season.

RKS captain and prop, Tawake Vakacegu, said they had started preparations weeks ago, guided by coach Nacanieli Saumi.

“Our goal is to win the Deans tro­phy this year,” Vakacegu said.

“We are trying our best and to improve what those before us have done over the years, especially with achievements for RKS.”

The Tuvuca, Vanuabalavu, Lau native, who shares maternal links to Galoa, Bua, will be playing in his first Deans competition.

“I started Year 9 in RKS but did not play rugby until this year. Coach Saumi had approached me and now my goal is to don the Flying Fijians jumper one day.”

The other Eastern zone match this week is between Levuka Public School and St Johns College. It will take place in Levuka, Ovalau.

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