‘Absence Of Athletes Put Pressure On Us’

Being vocal is crucial at Num­ber 8, says Marist Brothers High School Under-17 rep Jo­sefa Wakanivonoloa.
03 Aug 2022 12:56
‘Absence Of Athletes Put Pressure On Us’
Nasinu Secondary School Number 8 Paul Augustine clears the scrum againsts Marist Brothers High School during their Vodafone Deans Cup match at the Suva Grammar School grounds, Nasese on July 30, 2022. Photo: Leon Lord

Being vocal is crucial at Num­ber 8, says Marist Brothers High School Under-17 rep Jo­sefa Wakanivonoloa.

Josefa Wakanivonoloa

Josefa Wakanivonoloa

The Year 12 student hails from Vu­tia, Rewa and shares maternal links to Kabara in Lau.

He helped his Flagstaff team in their 26-8 win against Nasinu Sec­ondary School in Round One of the Southern Zone Secondary School Rugby Union competitions at Suva Grammar School grounds last Sat­urday.

Despite the win, Wakanivonoloa said their side needs to do more work as most star players are fo­cused on athletics.

“We started training after the rug­by league final against Queen Victo­ria School,” he said.

“I hope to do well and represent Fiji in international level in fu­ture.”

The Number 8 started off his rugby career playing for Ratu Ka­davulevu School in the Under-14 grade in 2019 before he moved to Assemblies of God High School for Year 10.

He joined MBHS last year.

“It was a tough game, we have not clicked as a team with our combina­tion,” he said.

“Pressure was high, some of our athletes were in Lautoka and we have to use some of our reserves to play.

“Most of the main players are in the athletics squad and not playing rugby.”

MBHS does not allow students to take part in two sports running concurrently. Those in the athlet­ics squad preparing for the Coke Games are not part of the rugby sides.

It is possible that the students can play rugby once the Cokes are out of the way.

The Cokes Games will be held at the HFC stadium from August 18-20.

“I always admire Springbok’s Eben Etzebeth, I look up to him be­cause he has a lot of skills and very competitive.

“In my position as a Number 8, I have to be sharp and vocal for our forwards, in scrums and lineout.”

Schools in the southern zone in­clude Assemblies of God, Dudley High, Sacred Heart, Nasinu Second­ary, Nabua Secondary, Latter Day Saints, Ratu Sukuna Memorial, Lami High to mention some.

Draws for this weekend are not yet available.


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