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Dakuinikoro boots Lelean out

Emoni Narawa
Sunday, August 03, 2014

THE Lomaivuna under-19 rugby side continued its winning form in the Coke Zero Deans Tier One competition, proving to be giant killers.

Last week, the side caused one of the major upsets, when it defeated Queen Victoria School 17-12 in the quarter-finals.

Yesterday, they dethroned another giant, Lelean Memorial School 20-18 at the ANZ Stadium.

And it was the boot of fullback Onisimo Dakuinikoro that booted LMS out of the competition.

With few minutes left on the clock, LMS was penalised in its own territory allowing Dakuinikoro to step up, placing the ball on the tee, overcome all the nerves to boot them out.

"I was nervous but I had faith in myself," Dakuinikoro said.

"It was an important kick, I knew that."

He said missing two kicks earlier in the game did not deter him from booting the winning kick.

The Mali lad from Macuata in Vanua Levu wants to follow the footsteps of his fellow villager and former national sevens rep Aisake Katonibau.

"I'm from Mali, the same village as Aisake Katonibau.

"He is a top player in Fiji and one day I will want to follow his footsteps, wearing the Fiji jersey."

Lomaivuna plays RKS in the final in a fortnight's time.

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