Gospel Saints ready for Raluve showdown

Members of the Gospel High School training preparing for the Raluve Secondary Schools Rugby competition staring this week. Picture: ATU RASEA

The Gospel Saints under-18 girls team is ready to battle schools in the Southern Zone in the opening round of the Weet-Bix Raluve Trophy competition at Buckhurst Ground in Laucala Bay today.

Team manageress Sainiana Saratibau says her team has been training hard throughout the pre-season and there was a huge interest from girls wanting to play rugby since the school calendar began.

“There were many girls showing interest but due to the long pre-season, some chose to pull out again. But it did not deter us from continuing,” said Saratibau.

“These group of players started training from rugby league last term. They are preparing well and they are ready to go.”

The Saints take on Kalabu Secondary at midday and Saratibau said her players were looking forward to their first match for the season.

“We had played against some schools that participated in rugby league but we have not played against them (Kalabu) and we have no idea how they would play,” she said.

“We are preparing the players to counter all areas of attack and dominate in the match. We will try and minimise the threat and whatever they have in store for us on game day.”

She urged family members, old scholars and friends to come out in numbers and support her Saints team in their first match.

“You would be surprised to see some talented players in the team who might be in the national women’s teams in the years to come. Please come and cheer them on as they represent their school and families.”

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