28 July, 2017, 12:00 am
WITH or without money, one thing that drives this team is the passion for rugby and the love to represent the school.
Those were the words of Nabua Secondary School’s under-19 manager Eparama Masivesi as the team prepares to face Ratu Navula College from Nadi in the 2017 Coke Zero Deans trophy quarter-finals at the ANZ Stadium tomorrow.
He said financially, the team didn’t have money to buy new gears for players and they didn’t have a proper ground to train on, but it’s the love for the sport and passion for the school that motivated the boys to come this far.
“This kind of challenge is a best way to groom future rugby players from hard times that they will reap it in the future,” he said.
The team is coached by Moape Vosawale and the team is currently in camp in school. The school has waited for 24 years for one of its rugby teams to reach the playoffs. The last time a Nabua school qualified for the national competition was in 1993 against Ratu Kadavulevu School where they lost in the semi-final in the U18 grade.
“One thing that drives the team now is the passion for rugby,” Masivesi said.
Masivesi said nothing was impossible if they put their hearts together and played their own style of rugby.
“We respect Ratu Navula College and our attitude remain since we came into the zone competition that we treated all our games as finals.
“We tell the boys not to underestimate any team. We’re going there to compete and hopefully the boys can produce good results on the day,” he said.
He said the main focus was to have a defensive pattern and their set piece to be polished before the big match tomorrow.
“We have the support from the school and we will carry that support with us this weekend.”