Fiji Time: 3:14 PM on Sunday 18 February

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Champions overcome first hurdle to U18 defence

Maciu Malo
Sunday, July 13, 2014

ONE down three to go

Reigning Fiji Secondary Schools rugby champion Ratu Navula College started its Coca-Cola Deans Trophy defence campaign on a high note with a 24-5 win over Natabua in the final of the West Zone 2 at Lautoka's Churchill Park yesterday.

The Nadi-based side outsmarted the gutsy Sugar City boys in a torrid rugby battle to secure a berth in the upcoming do-or-die national quarter-finals.

The hard fought win has set the platform for the Ratu Navula gladiators in their quest to successfully defend the prestigious Deans trophy against the other rugby giants such as QVS, RKS and Lelean.

Coach Yabaki Drisu was pleased to see his troops survive a torrid battle against their Lautoka neighbour.

He said Natabua had given his boys the taste of tough and competitive rugby.

"We thank Natabua for giving us a very tough game," said Drisu.

"Defending the Deans trophy is tough and we are pleased that we have overcome the first test against a tough and physical Natabua outfit.

"Natabua exposed our weaknesses — something we need to work on before the quarter-finals."

Drisu commended his boys for their effort and also urged them to focus on the elimination stages.

"The quarter-final will be a different ball game and we need to improve on the weaknesses we committed today," he said.

"We will take each game as they come."

Nippy inside centre Sela Toga made the difference in the game scoring 12 points from his boot that inspired his teammates to win the game.

The Saunaka native made full use of the quality possession and penalties won by their forwards to punish Natabua.

The Natafarians, however, started the game on a high note scoring the first try of the match but some basic mistakes and poor decision makings led to their downfall.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62960.6106
JPY 54.089651.0896
GBP 0.35640.3484
EUR 0.40330.3913
NZD 0.68710.6541
AUD 0.63800.6130
USD 0.50590.4889

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 16th, February, 2018

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Workers walk out
  2. Dengue alert
  3. Kuruvakadua slams landowners
  4. Biman refutes claims on sector
  5. My commitment is unwavering: PM
  6. Feeding the needy
  7. Top honours for tourism stalwarts
  8. RFMF deploys team to assess damage
  9. FRA awards contracts, sets targets
  10. $50k aid for relief efforts

Top Stories this Week

  1. Love is patient and always kind Wednesday (14 Feb)
  2. TC Gita: At its closest now Tuesday (13 Feb)
  3. Gita packs power Tuesday (13 Feb)
  4. TC Gita: Eye close by at 9pm Tuesday (13 Feb)
  5. TC Gita: Devastation clear Tuesday (13 Feb)
  6. TC Gita: Rooftop gone at Doi Tuesday (13 Feb)
  7. Engine fire forces Fiji Link return Tuesday (13 Feb)
  8. Woman to appear in court on rape charge Monday (12 Feb)
  9. Gita threat Monday (12 Feb)
  10. None like Gita Friday (16 Feb)