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Losing coach will be the motivating factor for Marist

Emoni Narawa
Saturday, July 26, 2014

LOSING their coach — the late Eroni Vereivalu — during the zone competition will be the driving force behind the Marist Brothers High School under-18 side's campaign in today's Coke Zero Deans Trophy quarter-final at the ANZ Stadium.

MBHS plays former champions Lelean Memorial School at 1.35pm.

Vereivalu passed away earlier this month but his sudden departure will not affect the performance of the boys from Flagstaff.

Stand-in coach Eparama Veivuke said his troops were focused for this afternoon's thriller.

"Nothing changes even without Master Eroni (Vereivalu)," he said.

"We're following all the game-plan and structures that Master Eroni laid down and we will not change anything but lay according to the standard that he usually wants.

"His sudden passing away will be a huge motivating factor for the boys."

Veivuke said LMS would not be an easy side to upset.

"Lelean is a tough team and a former champion of the Deans Trophy. We respect them because of their reputation but we're ready to give them a good game."

MBHS will rely on number eight Osea Talawa, the cousin of Flying Fijians Rupeni Nasiga and nippy playmaker Melisio Batidua to lead the charge against the boys from Davuilevu.

In other games, Queen Victoria School plays Navuso Methodist High School at 12.15pm, MBHS plays LMS at 1.35, Ratu Kadavulevu School tackles Suva Grammar at 2.55 and the feature game between John Wesley College and defending champions Ratu Navula kicks off 4.20.

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