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Dreu kicks Ratu Navula to the final

Emoni Narawa
Sunday, April 06, 2014

HE wore the captain's armband, shouldered the responsibility and booted Ratu Navula College under-17 rugby league side to the Vodafone Fiji Secondary Schools rugby league finals.

Lanky fullback Joape Dreu slotted the winning penalty to help his side beat Lelean Memorial School in their semi-final clash at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori yesterday.

Ratu Navula had three opportunities to kick at goal inside Lelean's territory when both sides were locked 12-all with 10 minutes to go. At first Dreu opted to kick for touch in a bid to score a try.

However, Lelean stood tall in defence but indiscipline let the Nausori school down and Dreu decided to take his first attempt 20 yards away.

Fortunately, Dreu had another opportunity after missing the first attempt.

"I just knew that it was the right time to take the kick," the Year 11 student said when asked why he did not take the kick and instead opted to go for touch.

"I believe God was in control during that game and the Almighty just did not allow us to kick for goal in the first place but to take the kick later on.

"We thank God for the win and I salute my boys for their effort, giving their best in this game," said the Sawakasa lad from Tailevu.

Lelean started the game well but the boys from Nadi kept their cool in the later stages.

"It was a tough game, we're happy to go through to the next level and we look forward to playing in the final."

In the other semi-final, Nasinu Secondary School defeated Suva Grammar School 22-8.

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