ONE against three.
Coke Zero Deans champions Ratu Navula College will be all out to re-affirm their status against the three Eastern school rugby powerhouses in this weekend's under-18 semi-finals.
And battling against the in-form Ratu Kadavulevu School brigade in a repeat of last year's semi-final will best test the character of the Nadi-based players.
Ratu Navula principal Setareki Merekula said the players were aware of the significance of this game.
He said being the lone team from the West would inspire his troops to play their hearts out.
Merekula said the boys were ready for one of their toughest and most important rugby assignments against the highly-tipped Lodoni brigade.
He said RKS had openly stated they would use this game to avenge last year's semi-final loss.
"This game is important not only as a defending champion but also being the lone team from the West to reach the top four," said Merekula.
"We no longer dwell in the past, instead we are focussed on the semi-final.
"It's one against three. The East will be represented by three teams while Ratu Navula will play for the people in the West.
"So onus is on the boys to give their best."
Merekula said RKS had been consistent throughout the competition.
"Their 48-17 win over Suva Grammar in the quarter-final is an indicator of how strong the team is.
"We are ready for the game and we will give them a good run for their money.
"The boys are aware of the responsibility bestowed unto them and they are ready for one of their toughest rugby assignments in their quest to defend the title.
"The players are physically, mentally and spiritually prepared for the game."
Meanwhile, Lelean will battle against QVS in another exciting U18 semi-final. The games will be held at the ANZ Stadium.