15 April, 2018, 12:00 am
RATU Kadavulevu School Eels stamped their dominance in the Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby League competition defeating defending champion Lelean Memorial School Bulldogs 20-4 in the under-19 final.
Laced with nine players from the school’s under-18 team that won the Fiji Secondary Schools Deans title last year, the Delainakaikai brigade outclassed the Bulldogs to secure a deserved win.
Fullback Jiuta Wainiqolo continued from his mesmerising semi-final performance to score the opening try of the game.
He picked up a ball from the base of the scrum inside Lelean’s 20-metre line and burst upfield slicing the defensive line to dive over.
Lelean replied with a classical try to playmaker Ragone Rara to equalise but a lapse of concentration allowed the Eels to increase their points with a try to Peni Nanuku. He later converted his try to leave the haftime scores at 10-4.
RKS continued the momentum in the second spell scoring two tries to Mosese Volavola and Suliasi Tubuna while the Davuilevu brigade just had no answer.
Former Deans rugby winners Wainiqolo, Peni Nanuku, Mosese Volavola, Apisai Senileba, Josese Batirerega, Sunia Tuikoro, Sevanaia Dakaica were instrumental for RKS and their combination was hard for Lelean to contain.
Head coach Jone Vosataki commended his troops for their effort.
He said the win was sweet because they lost to Lelean in last year’s final.
“First of all I want to thank God for being the power of strength for the team,” said Vosataki.
“It was a tough match and Lelean gave us a tough game but hats off to the boys for giving their all in their final.
“We lost in the final last year but we managed to win, and in just two years in the competition, we managed to win this trophy.”
Gracious in defeat Lelean manager Luke Tuivuya congratulated RKS for the win.
“It was a very tough game and I thank the boys for the effort and congratulations RKS for the victory today.
“Majority of these players are under-18 and we will regroup again for the next season,” said Tuivuya.