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JWC aims to keep unbeaten record in schools finals

Emoni Narawa
Saturday, July 12, 2014

JOHN Wesley College under-18 side, the only unbeaten team in the Southern Zone Secondary Schools rugby competition is out to maintain its clean record.

Today, at the ANZ stadium, the boys from Raiwaqa will play Marist Brothers High School in the final of the U18 grade to determine their placing in the Fiji Secondary Schools Deans Trophy quarter-finals.

JWC is also the most consistent defensive team this season, conceding only one try from six games heading into the final.

JWC defeated Assemblies of God High School 10-0, Ratu Sukuna 13-9, Nasinu 6-3, MBHS 10-3 and Suva Grammar schools 5-0 during the round robin matches. The only try they conceded was against AOGHS during the semi-final where they upset last year's Deans Trophy semi-finalist 16-5.

On the other hand, MBHS showed, they had matured as the competition progressed. With two losses in the opening two rounds, the boys from Flagstaff found their rhythm in the later stages.

And they will be out to avenge their round robin loss to JWC.

Southern zone co-ordinator Biu Colati said it would be an interesting battle to watch.

"It will not be an easy tussle for both teams," he said.

"John Wesley is unbeaten but Marist kept on improving as the competition progressed." He said MBHS had the size advantage.

"It can be anybody's game. The Marist boys have the size but looking at the results of all matches, teams are winning in close margins, so that defines how tough the competition is."

Meanwhile AOGHS will battle Suva Grammar in the U18 play-off to determine the third southern zone team to qualify for the Deans quarter-finals.

Colati urged supporters to flock in numbers and support their teams.

The match between JWC and MBHS kicks off at 3.25pm.

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