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Natabua reigns in West Zone finals

Maciu Malo
Monday, July 14, 2014

NATABUA High School dominated the Fiji Secondary Schools rugby West Zone 2 finals held at Lautoka's Churchill Park over the weekend.

The school scooped the under-14, U15, U16 and U17 titles while its U18 side was bundled out by the reigning Deans trophy champion Ratu Navula.

The U14 side thumped Saint Thomas 36-7 in the opening game while the U15 sent Ratu Navula packing with a 12-5 win.

The school also defeated Ratu Navula 16-15 and 8-5 in the U16 and U17 respectively.

Naitasiri pivot Jone Savou saved his Natabua U16 side from the jaws of defeat when he converted a 35-metre penalty in the dying seconds of the game to give his side the victory.

The Ratu Navula boys thought they had the win in the bag having led 15-13 but a lapse of concentration forced them into errors and enabled Natabua to win a penalty.

Savou made no mistake with his kick giving his side a deserving win.

"I thank the Almighty Lord for giving me the strength and the blessing to win the game for my team," he said.

"But the win was achieved through teamwork.

"I was confident that I would convert the penalty knowing my teammates were relying on me."

He said Ratu Navula was a strong team but thanked his teammates for their dedication and commitment throughout the 80-minute.

Schoolteacher and U17 coach Samu Tamata thanked the parents, teachers, students, old scholars and fans for supporting the teams.

"The support from the Natabua family enabled the school to dominate the West finals," he said.

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