West wins QVSOB SLR trophy

THE Queen Victoria School Old Boys’ SLR Trophy has a new home —— West.

The title slipped from the hands of the holders QVSOB Eastern yesterday when they were beaten by their western counterparts 19-18.

It was a very physical encounter —— no love lost, as former teammates, former formmates and former schoolmates turned on each other —— for the title, in the name of rugby, for comradeship.

The only difference was the match was at the University of the South Pacific grounds at Laucala Bay instead of Matavatucou, their favourite ground, closed, by monster storm, Tropical Cyclone Winston in February.

The Eastern brigade tried multiple waves of attacks, but to no avail. They started off strongly with a try to their nippy fullback Sela Qumivutia, which was converted by Seta Raoba.

The westerners kept in touch with two penalties to Lautoka rep Sekove Kevu to make it a one-point game, 7-6.

Raoba slotted in another penalty in the 25th minute, extending their lead to 10-6 going into half-time.

Western replied with a try from Jimmy Mikaele after the break to lead 13-10.

A few minutes later Kevu capitalised on a penalty and further extended their lead to 16-10.

But the defending champions would not stay down and answered in spectacular display of persistence and power with a try to their No.8 and former Suva rep Eparama Ravulo closing the gap to 15-16.

With seven minutes remaining, Eastern took the lead with a penalty to Raoba 18-16.

The heartbreak and drama came at the final moments as possession switched back and forth. In the end, the winner was determined at the final whistle as Kevu slotted in a last minute penalty to the dismay and heartbreak of the Eastern players.

The Eastern boys could do nothing but watch the ball split the uprights. West won 19-18.

Western coach Osea Umuumulovo thanked his players and commended the Eastern team.

QVSOB Rugby chairman Jone Biaukula said this was part of developing their rugby players.

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