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Special game

Maciu Malo
Saturday, August 16, 2014

LELEAN is prepared to lay its body on the line and win the coveted Coke Zero Deans trophy for some special people when it battles against schools rugby powerhouse Ratu Kadavulevu School in the under-18 final at Churchill Park this afternoon.

The Davuilevu brigade made its intention clear that it badly needed a win for their sisters at Dilkusha Girls Home in Nausori.

And returning to its favourite hunting ground after its last Deans win over RKS in 2010 has inspired Lelean to play its heart out and repeat the 2010 feat.

Team manager Solomone Seru said the residents at the Dilkusha Girls Home had been with the team during their highs and lows this season.

"This game is special because we will be dedicating it to the Dilkusha Girls Home," he said.

"They are part of this team before and after every game. The team always had devotion with the girls which is the reason we are dedicating the game to them.

"The game is the climax of preparation of any team and for us we have reasons to win the title.

"This year is also the 50th year of the celebration of Methodist Church and the opening the new Baker Hall Memorial Church."

The former RKS student, however, admitted it would be an uphill battle for his troops to defeat the Lodoni ruggers.

He said the loss of five RKS key players to national duties would inspire the Delainakaikai warriors to win their first U18 final.

Seru said Lelean had beaten RKS during the Eastern Zone game but he expected a tougher approach from RKS in the final.

"We have seen RKS as the champion being the only team to win the Deans U19 title for five consecutive years," he said.

"We expect a tough RKS team in the final knowing this is a high level intense rugby.

"Both teams haven't won the U18 Deans title since its inception few years ago and it will be exciting to witness the rivalry of players from each team.

"We are asking the LOSA (Lelean Old Scholars Association), parents, friends, teachers and students to support the team as they embark on this important assignment," he added.

The match kicks off at 3.45pm.

Game draws: 8.30am U14 QVS-Marist, 9.25 U15 Ratu Navula-QVS,10.35 U16 Natabua-Marist, 11.45 U17 Marist-LMS, 1.05pm promotion relegation Natabua-Navuso, 2.25 U19 RKS-Lomaivuna, 3.45 U18 RKS-LMS.

Natabua ground. 9am U15 promotion relegation RSMS-Tilak, 10.10 U16 promotion relegation Ratu Navula-SGS

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