Cuvu ruggers aim to better Deans’ bid

THE Cuvu College under-18 side is aiming to go one better this year after being bundled out of the Coke Zero Deans Trophy quarter-final for the past two years.

And the Nadroga-based players believe that securing a berth in the semi-final will be a tough ask as they will be up against the champions Suva Grammar School side — who has twice tasted the feeling of winning the prestigious Fiji secondary school rugby jewel.

The side lost to Lelean in the 2015 quarter-final and lost by one point to Nasinu last year.

Cuvu principal Navneet Mishra firstly thanked his troops for their effort in reaching the national quarter-final for the third consecutive years.

He said the boys had been training hard knowing they would be up against one of the school rugby heavyweights.

Mishra said the players have been reminded to enjoy the moment and give their best. He said the Grammarians would be a tough nut to crack.

“The boys are in high spirits and we will leave no stones unturned before Saturday,” he said.

“Grammar has reached the final five times and won twice and that record speaks for itself.

The side will miss the services of two key players Kini Naholo (the brother of Waisake Naholo) and Iliesa Ratuva who secured contracts in New Zealand. The duo were part of this Cuvu team for the past two years.

The much anticipated clash will be held at the ANZ Stadium on Saturday. Meanwhile, in other quarter-finals, Ratu Kadavulevu School will face Marist Brothers High School, Saint John’s College to face Nasinu Secondary and Queen Victoria to battle against Ratu Navula.

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