RATU Navula College under-18 rugby team completed an impressive 29 consecutive victories from 2010 and created history by being the first western school to win the Deans trophy.
Yesterday, in front of thousands of spectators, the Eagle soared as they edged defending champion Queen Victoria School 19-16 in the U18 Coca-Cola Zero Deans final contest.
Being unbeaten from 2010 when they were 15-year-olds, the same group of players started a dream run and lived up to their tag 'Dream Team' four years later.
In the nail-biting duel, Ratu Navula dominated possession while the Victorians played a never-say-die attitude until the final whistle.
Winning coach Josaia Rokomarawa said it was mission accomplished. He attributed the victory to Almighty God for giving them the strength.
"This is a dream run for us," he said.
"It is a huge achievement from the players and hats off to them."
Rokomarawa said winning 29 consecutive games was an achievement itself.
"The key to our success was putting God first. Everything will follow suit. We have won every single game since 2010 when the boys were 15-year olds. And from there we started this dream run," he said.
QVS opened the scoreboard with a penalty to fullback Sevuloni Reece in the fourth minute. Ratu Navula replied with a try to breakaway Vasikali Mudu, and fly-half Waisake Tuimereke converted for a 7-3 score in the 10th minute.
Reece added his second penalty before Mudu crossed for his second try in the 35th minute. Tuimereke converted as Ratu Navula led 14-6 at the interval. Reece slotted his third penalty for QVS in the second spell to trail 9-14. Ratu Navula replied with a try to Vuate Driu. QVS captain and number eight Mesulame Dolokoto scored a solo try after bursting through the Ratu Navula midfield defence to race away to the tryline.
Rokomarawa thanked all sponsors especially the Ravouvou family and Tui and his family from the Tububere household for their financial support.