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Navuma kicks Natabua to victory

Maciu Malo
Sunday, July 13, 2014

NATABUA High School fullback Atunaisa Navuma was the toast of his under-17 side when he kicked a penalty that enabled his team to beat Ratu Navula 8-5 at Lautoka's Churchill Park yesterday.

The Year 11 student broke the hearts of the Ratu Navula players and fans to win the West Zone 2 Secondary Schools U17 title.

Natabua coach Samu Tamata commended his troops for defeating last year's national U16 champion.

He said the players gave their hearts out during the game.

"The bottom line is that we won and defeated the champion from last year," said Tamata.

"I take my hats off to the boys for their effort.

"Winning against Ratu Navula is a bonus for the boys and it has set our platform for the national quarter-finals."

Tamata said the boys, however, committed few errors that needed to be ironed out before quarter-finals.

"We executed our game well in the first 20 minutes but a lapse in concentration enabled Ratu Navula to score," he said.

"We will elevate our preparation to another level before the national quarter-finals," he added.

Meanwhile, in the U16 grade, Natabua also won the game through the boot of outside centre Jone Savou to down Ratu Navula 16-15.

Ratu Navula was leading 15-13 when Savou's 35-metre kick on the stroke of fulltime denied the Nadi-based team the win.

Natabua thumped Saint Thomas 36-7 to win the U15 title while their U16 shrugged off a tough challenge from Ratu Navula to win 12-5.

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