Queen Victoria School will try to defy the odds when they take on Ratu Kadavulevu in the Under 18 rugby final tomorrow.
QVS will be out to prove a point after RKS has been tagged the favorite heading into the Deans Rugby finals.
QVS has the Holy Grail of School’s Rugby…..but they’ll put it on the line on Saturday.
The Blues are happy with the underdogs status in the 2017 Coke Zero Deans decider, having lost to RKS twice in round-robin play this season.
“They will be favorites and the thing is coming in this as underdogs will be challenge for us and we are ready for the challenge,” said Anare Masi – Coach, QVS U18 Team.
The reigning champions went through their final run at the USP ground today.
They will have to be on the top of their game – if they are to retain the Deans.
They have mapped out a plan knowing that arch rivals RKS have hit top form following their semifinal win over Cuvu College last week.
“They have the upper hand this time around they got with us game last week we made lot of mistakes and we have worked on those mistakes and we are trying to come into this game with very less or no mistakes at all.”
Discipline will be a key factor in the final – penalties will prove costly as Ratu Kadavulevu fullback Joji Sisi has a good kicking boot.
“Our strength for this Saturday game its simple discipline we will try and play discipline hard rugby that’s our strength, discipline.”
And the crown state brigade hopes to hit the chord and become third time lucky in this Tailevu battle, because a win will be memorable for their mentor, Late Elemaca Ravulo.
“Mr Ravulo has been very instrumental in the preparations of this team and unfortunately he had to come out of the team and this game will be dedicated to late Elemaca Ravulo and win this game for him.”
QVS has won the Deans Trophy 22 times and drawn 6 times – while odds are stacked against the holders, they’ll be out to prove a point and score back-to-back wins.