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The Samisoni Rabuka-cap­tained Cuvu Col­lege beat favourites Ratu Navula Col­lege 18-13 in the Western Zone Sec­ondary Schools Rugby fi­nal at Lawaqa Park in Si­ga­toka yes­ter­day. Cuvu Col­lege is the new hold­ers of the Outrig­ger Fiji Beach Re­sort Tro­phy but it was not an easy match of 70 min­utes of rugby. Cuvu Col­lege will now meet Nas­inu Sec­ondary School while Ratu

Navula Col­lege faces Ratu Ka­davulevu School in the Deans play­offs in two weeks time.

What hap­pened: Cuvu Col­lege started their cam­paign on a high note with the vo­cal crowd be­hind them. The match was very en­ter­tain­ing as both sides tried to top the western zone. In the fourth minute Cuvu Col­lege scored the first try to cen­tre Po­ni­ani Bo­tiniu.

Three min­utes later RNC first-five eighth Vil­iame Vi­bote kicked a penalty to close the gap 5-3.

In the 17th minute flanker Seru­pe­peli Nakita scored a try to lead 10-3. Six min­utes later RNC prop Jo­sua Bulivou scored and was con­verted by Vi­bote to level 10-10. In the 31st minute ref­eree John­son Lee awarded a penalty to Cuvu Col­lege where Esala Nalobo kicked; 13-10.

Half time: Cuvu Col­lege 13-10 Ratu Navula In the 49 minute Vi­bote kicked the penalty to level 13-13. Six min­utes later winger Tira Wi­lagi had the last laugh af­ter RNC lost the ball from the base of the scrum to score in the cor­ner.

Big Play: Nakita played a man of the match per­for­mance.

Star Turn: Cuvu Col­lege for­wards de­fended their fort in the last 10 min­utes to deny RNC.

Com­ments:

Cuvu Col­lege man­ager Nanise Tubou said, “Cuvu Col­lege has never won the West U18 ti­tle be­fore and we are elated over the win. This was pos­si­ble through sheer hard work, ded­i­ca­tion, parental and school sup­port. It was not an easy sea­son but the boys stuck to­gether.” Ratu Navula Col­lege prin­ci­pal Setareki Merekula said, “It was a classic game as the per­for­mance was ex­cel­lent from both teams and we are proud. We look for­ward to the Deans play­offs.”

Photo: Raevenn Breen

Vic­tors Cuvu Col­lege af­ter de­feat­ing Ratu Navula 18-13 in Lawaqa Park, Si­ga­toka yes­ter­day.

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