MBHS humble to win

Marist hooker Taniela Seruvatu stops the RKS attack in their quarter-final of the Deans U18 at the HFC Stadium yesterday. Marist won the match 16-13. Picture: ATU RASEA

Marist Brothers High School defeated Ratu Kadavulevu School 16-13 in the last Vodafone Super Deans Championship quarter-finals at the HFC Bank Stadium yesterday.

They came in as underdogs and defeated one of the toughest teams in Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union.

The boys from Delainakaikai scored a first try from winger Ratu Etuate Veidreyaki but unfortunately the conversion was not successful. Marist equalised with a converted try to Mikaele Senibua for a 7-5 lead.

MBHS which came third in the Southern Zone was awarded two penalties after a penalty to RKS which was converted by Brandon Saun to lead 13-5. RKS refused to give up as lock Jonathan Lokomata dived in the corner to score their second try but unfortunately no conversion and 10-10 on the scoreboard.

In the first-half the team from Flagstaff took the lead 13-10.

MBHS played smart and seized all opportunities given to them when they were awarded two penalties in the 46th and 55th minutes which were converted by Josefa Matawalu for the 16-13 win.

For the first time there’ll be no Eastern Zone teams in the semi-finals. MBHS manageress Piniana Kuboutawa said the boys really put their all in this game and they came out victorious.

“Without the support from the stakeholders, old boys association, the school management and the parents this wouldn’t have been possible,” she said.

“We had requested the service of Fijiana 7s coach Saiasi Fuli, who is a parent to come and help the boys and he did.

“We’re grateful for the support shown to the boys and they knew what was expected from them.

“RKS is a good team and they really tested the boys but hats off our players.”

MBHS will take on Ba Provincial Free Institute in the semi-finals next week. In other U18 quarter-finals, Suva Grammar School beat Lelean Memorial School 21-8, Ba Provinical Freebird Institute defeated Nasinu Secondary Scghool 12-5 and Ratu Kadavulevu School went down 16-13 to Marist Brother High School.

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