Brothers get recognition

Elias (left) with their dad Sanaila Daliga, coach Edward Biulailai and Jasiel Petueli in Suva. Picture: SOPHIE RALULU

SACRIFICE and hard work has paid off for a Cakaudrove lad who joins the Fiji Under-13 national rugby squad after an extraordinary performance last Wednesday.

Jasiel Petueli, 13, who played for the Cakaudrove Kaji rugby was over the moon after being selected into the national squad despite their loss to Suva in the finals.

Jasiel’s twin brother Elias also played for Cakaudrove Kaji rugby team.

The Cakaudrove U13 team celebrates after reaching the finals of the Vodafone Fiji Primary Schools Kaji Rugby competition at the ANZ Stadium in Suva last week. Picture: ATU RASEA

Elias, previously the team’s water boy finally made his debut for Cakaudrove Under-13 Kaji rugby last week.

The Year 8 student of Natadra District School in Cakaudrove, said it was one of the proudest moments for him.

“I feel good and happy to be chosen to represent Fiji. After all the sacrifices my dad has been through for the past three years, it has finally ended,” says Jasiel.

Proud dad Sanaila Daliga said he was reaping the fruits of his labour now that his son Jasiel had secured a place in the national rugby team.

“Teachers from two prominent schools in Suva have approached me about my son Jasiel. I have told them if they want Jasiel, they will have to get Elias too with them,” said Mr Daliga.

Jasiel’s twin brother Elias said he was happy to play for Cakaudrove this year.

“I am very proud that it was my first time in the team and we reached the finals,” he said.

Cakaudrove coach Edward Biulaialai said it was through discipline that Jasiel secured a place in the Fiji squad.

“They are very humble brothers and they do as they are told,” said Mr Biulaialai.

The brothers thanked everyone that has been supporting them throughout the tournament along with their dad and coach Biulaialai for their continuous support.

When asked who’s their favourite rugby player, they both said Semi Kunatani.

“We love his tackling and fending technique,” said the brothers.

Suva Blues scooped the Under-14, Under-13 and Under-12 grade awards during the Vodafone Fiji Primary Schools Kaji Rugby competition.

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