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Tanivanuakula stars for Natabua in rugby league

Maciu Malo
Sunday, March 09, 2014

DUMMY half Kavekini Tanivanuakula was one of the star players for the Natabua High School team that thumped Ba Provincial Freebird 17-6 in the Lautoka/Nadi secondary schools rugby league competition at the Ba Provincial School ground yesterday.

The Bukuya native played brilliantly linking his forwards and backs and deny the host a win on their home turf.

Tanivanuakula was able to read the game well and distributed quality balls for his teammates to break through the opposition defensive line.

The 16-year-old was on song with his boots converting his team's three tries to help his team maintain its unbeaten run in the competition.

Natabua's three tries were scored by Carl Lagonilakeba, Eremasi Niudamu and Seru Tuicakau compared with Ba Provincial's one.

Natabua mentor Raikiwasa Loanakadavu said the win was dedicated to one of their players whose mum was laid to rest last Friday.

He said the boys played their hearts out for a special reason.

"It's unfortunate that one of our players lost his mother last week and this win is dedicated to our fallen parent," said Loanakadavu.

"The boys were determined to win and showed true fighting spirit throughout the game.

"The win has also laid the platform for our two remaining games."

Loanakadavu said the side had earlier defeated Ratu Navula, Nadi Muslim and Ba Provincial during the first round and the aim was to maintain their unbeaten run throughout the competition.

"All teams will be targeting to beat us in the second round and the boys know what is expected from them," he said.

"Our goal is to become the zone winner therefore we need to dig deep during training."

Loanakadavu said the team was laced with talented players who could be groomed to become future stars of the game.

Players that stood out during the competition were Tanivanuakula, Carl Lagonilakeba, Keith Lafai and Jone Kerevi.

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