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From Rugby League To Raluve Trophy Comp

Switching codes from rugby league to rugby union has made the Naitasiri Second­ary School Under-16 girls become better players.
08 Aug 2022 10:58
From Rugby League To Raluve Trophy Comp
Ratu Latianara College’s Alisi Mereoni scores a try in their 17-0 win over Suva Sangam College in the Weet-Bix Raluve Trophy Under-18 competition at Bidesi Park, Suva, on August 6, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Switching codes from rugby league to rugby union has made the Naitasiri Second­ary School Under-16 girls become better players.

The Naitasiri Secondary School girls rugby league team was crowned South Eastern Zone win­ners and now they are playing in the Weet-Bix Raluve Trophy.

Speaking to SUNsports, teacher and team coach Semiti Soqoiwa­sa said the transition has made coaching easy.

“We didn’t have time to prepare well but we managed to put a team together,” he said.

“Some of these girls played rugby league during the Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby League competi­tion.

“Rugby League has really helped these girls grasp the basics of rug­by union.

“Their passes, line-speed, defence and communications. They have really stepped up in assisting the new girls in the team.

“We have a lot of players in the team who are new to rugby but are talented players.”

Naitasiri Secondary School Under-16 girls rugby team in Suva on August 6, 2022. Photo: Simione Haravanua

Naitasiri Secondary School Under-16 girls rugby team in Suva on August 6, 2022. Photo: Simione Haravanua

Soqoiwasa added that the team has set a target that they want to achieve.

“We have set a goal so we want to finish strong in the 2022 Raluve Trophy competition,” he said.

“Up in the hills everything is there, the only challenge that we face is the training equipment.

“We don’t have cones, balls, tack­ling shields and bags so those are some of the things that we lack.

“For us it’s one step at a time, we will take each game as it comes.

“The girls have been preparing well and the end product is the win we got today.

“It’s good to see parents and the people of Naitasiri come down and support the girls.

“Every game that we play is very important to our season because we learn along the way.

“We are a new team in this compe­tition and it is important to get the three points.”

Meanwhile, the third round of the Eastern Zone of the Weet-Bix Raluve Trophy was also played.Capture

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