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Deans face-off

Maciu Malo
Thursday, July 24, 2014

COKE Zero Deans reigning champion Ratu Navula College is ready to defend the Fiji secondary schools rugby jewel against Suva's John Wesley College in the under-18 quarter-final feature game on Saturday.

Riding high after their 24-5 win over Natabua in the West Zone final, the Nadi-based school is confident of maintaining their unbeaten run in Suva this weekend.

The Ratu Navula team will also carry the hopes of the Western Division, being the lone team from the West to compete at the national play-offs.

And with school rugby giants QVS, RKS and Lelean having fixed their eyes on the prestigious Deans Trophy, Ratu Navula match-winner Sela Toga confidently said his side was ready to defend the title.

The Saunaka lad said defending the coveted rugby title would be tough as all teams would be playing for the same goal.

"It is not easy to defend but we are ready to fight for the trophy," said Toga.

"We have some niggling injuries after the game against Natabua but the one-week break was enough for the boys to recover for the quarter-final.

"This team depends on the Almighty God who gave us the power to win."

The 18-year-old, who was one of the standout players in the Ratu Navula team for this season, has also set his goal to secure a rugby contract in France.

"My target is to secure good rugby contract in France and to also don the national rugby jersey."

Ratu Navula will have the services of five surviving members from last year's winning team in their do or die battle against John Wesley.

Meanwhile, in another interesting U18 quarter-final, former champion RKS will face Southern giant Suva Grammar School.

RKS is tipped to win this game after their outstanding form against QVS in the Tailevu Zone finals.

However, Grammar will not take this game lightly as they also want to lay their hands on the Deans Trophy.

QVS will battle against Naitasiri-based Navuso while the Lelean brigade will face an uphill battle against Marist Brothers High School.

The Deans quarter-final will be held at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.








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