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Giants seeded

Emoni Narawa
Friday, July 25, 2014

FORMER New Zealand sevens international Iliesa Tanivula is banking on secondary school giants to be victors at this weekend's Fiji Secondary Schools Coke Zero Deans quarter-finals at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

The former Auckland Blues flyer predicted that favourites Ratu Kadavulevu School, Queen Victoria School, Lelean Memorial School and defending champions Ratu Navula College would win their respective under-18 quarter-final matches.

QVS plays the opening U18 quarter-final match against neighbours Navuso Methodist High School, LMS tackles southern zone champs Marist Brothers High School, RKS battles Suva Grammar and Rt Navula faces a tough challenge against John Wesley College in the feature game at 4.20pm.

Tanivula, who is regarded as one of the top provincial coaches in Fiji, has helped Rt Navula during their Deans campaign in the past.

He hopes the Nadi-based school proceeds to the next stage.

"Well, I guess the team that plays well will win their game," he said.

"I guess all schools have prepared well at this stage and they have done a lot to come this far, so best of luck to all teams."

The Nadi provincial coach has not ruled out favouring the Rt Navula side.

"I'm banking on Rt Navula, hopefully they succeed. I hope they kick it through against John Wesley.

"I believe the other top teams such as RKS, QVS and another prominent school Lelean will definitely come out on top and win their matches."

Tanivula advised the young players to simply enjoy their game.

"An advice to players, just enjoy your game because if you enjoy your game, you can do anything on the field, block out distractions from outside and just get on with the job."

The Victorian brigade plays Navuso at 12.15pm while the boys from Flagstaff take on LMS at 1.35.

Eastern zone champions, the Lodoni-based RKS takes on SGS at 2.55pm.

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