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Ratu Maka saves his team

Peni Komaisavai
Sunday, August 13, 2017

FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Ratu Waisea Maka's second-half hat-trick helped Ratu Kadavulevu School under-15 side to steal the win 18-17 from Queen Victoria School in the final minutes.

The U15 grade Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union (FSSRU) Coke Zero Deans final was a "deja vu".

This was similar to the under-19 final in 2003 between RKS and QVS, with RKS leading 17-0 in the first half only to be mowed down by QVS who won on that occasion 18-17 at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay.

But the tables turned this time around with QVS leading 17-0 in the first half only to lose out in the final minutes a game by Ratu Maka's brace of tries.

"Even though we were down by 17 points in the first half, never for one second did it come to my mind that we were going to lose. We came to win and the win today is dedicated to all the RKS community," Ratu Maka said.

The Sukuna House member of RKS dedicated his man of the match performance to his parents Tevita and Makereta Maka.

The young Wainimala lad, received a check for $150 and a free return ticket to New Zealand or Australia.

RKS coach Tanasio Dionirova commended his players for the brave and courageous efforts.

"When we were down 17-0, I told the boys at half time to just play simple basic rugby and they did so yes mission achieved," Dionirova said.

RKS was given $1400 while runners-up QVS received $900.

U15 dream team

Props: Asivorosi Tuisasake (RKS), Aminiasi Toga (QVS)

Hooker: Luke Biutanaseva (RKS)

Locks: Etuate William (QVS), Nacani Rasoqosoqo(RKS)

Flankers/No. 8: Viliame Bauleka (QVS), Waisea Dausiga (QVS), Mosese Qionimacawa (RKS)

Halfbacks: Everoni Koroibau (RKS)

First 5/8: Kalaveti Tamani (QVS)

Second 5/8: Pita Korovulavula (RKS)

Centre: Joape Naco(QVS)

Wings: Jeremaia Driu (RKS), Ratu Waisea Maka (RKS)

Fullback: Nicholas Soqosoqotabau(QVS)

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