YASAWA High School emerged as one of favourites to win the Turtle Vodafone Ratu Meli 7s in Yasawa.
Laced with students, the side thumped Tamusua 31-0 and Caginitoba 10-7 before losing 17-5 to Matacawalevu to top its pool for today's elimination stages.
The students mesmerised their opposition with wonderful skills during the first two games but lost focus in the last game.
Coach Leone Ramulo said the players competed well against their experienced and elder opponents to keep their hopes alive of winning the top $3000 prizemoney.
He said the side had been exposed to tough competition and commended his troops for surviving the battle.
Ramulo said the boys committed unforced errors in the pool game, something they needed to iron out before the elimination stages.
"The boys played well in the first two pool games but we just lost focus in the last game," he said.
"We are hoping to improve from where we left off today and play our hearts out in the do-or-die elimination games.
"I thank th boys for their courage and guts in battling against the older players."
Ramulo said he was confident the boys would deliver the goods when the dust settled at Nacula this afternoon.
Meanwhile, Nacula Eagels is another contender for the top award after winning all their games yesterday.
The quarter-finals will kick off at 8am.