RKS powers back to beat MBHS in semis

Jiuta Wainiqolo of RKS beats the MBHS defence during the Fiji Secondary Schools Ruggy League under-19 semi-finals at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA

Jiuta Wainiqolo of RKS beats the MBHS defence during the Fiji Secondary Schools Ruggy League under-19 semi-finals at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA

SHEER guts motivated Ratu Kadavulevu School to secure a come from behind 10-4 win over Marist Brothers High School during the Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby League under-19 semi-finals at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday.

The Lodonians were down 4-0 at half time after Aminiasi Shaw dotted down for Marist in the first spell.

Marist used their big forwards as battering rams, gaining the much needed territory to lead in the first spell. RKS fullback Jiuta Wainiqolo played a man of the match performance, inspiring his teammates to bounce back strongly in the second spell with a magnificent try.

He was a thorn in the opposition defence, breaking the first line of defence every time he had the ball.

Wainiqolo’s eye for the gaps, complemented by his big fends and uncanny sidesteps helped his team to secure a hard-fought win.

Flyer Epeli Cagilau scored the second try for RKS, capitalising after the opposition spilled the ball from a high kick inside Marist’s tryline to increae his team’s lead.

Centre Ben Nanuku converted the try to earn his team a ticket in the grand final next weekend.

Team manager Saimoni Tamani said his troops did not lose hope after being down at the break.

He said they were given a tough challenge by Marist and commended his boys for surviving the battle.

“We have prepared well for this game and we are happy with the outcome,” said Tamani.

“Marist was not an easy team to beat as they also prepared well, but our boys had been motivated from the first whistle to win.”

Tamani said reaching the final in their second year in the competition was a huge achievement for the team.

“This is only our second year in the rugby league and we are happy with our achievement.

“We will now go back and reset our focus for the final,” he added.

Meanwhile, RKS lost to Nasinu 8-4 in the U15 semi-finals.

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