Rugby

SGS holds on for final's berth

October 1, 2022 4:37 pm

Suva Grammar School is into the U18 final of the Vodafone Super Deans after edging Natabua High School 30-26 at Prince Charles Park.

In an exciting semi-final in front of a packed crowd, the first half saw six tries being scored, three to each school.

Natabua High School had the perfect start, with wing Netani Volitiviti scoring a runway try after scooping the ball from a mistake by Suva Grammar.

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Grammar hit right back with a try to flanker Mataiasi Tuisireli to set the game alight and take the lead 10-7.

A few minutes later the Lautoka-based school took the lead again with two tries to Rusiate Bainivalu and Rupeni Caucau.

But Suva Grammar School closed the gap just on the stroke of halftime through loosehead prop Caleb Levaci to trail 19-15.

In the second half, Suva Grammar School was on a roll, scoring three tries to Victor Sigavou, and Tuisireli got two to get a hattrick.

Natabua High School continued to fight back and was able to cut Grammar’s lead to four points after a converted try to lock forward Vasikali Naevo.

With a few minutes left, it was game on with Grammar leading 30-26.

Natabua High School applied the pressure trying to get a last minute try however Grammar’s defence held on.

Their forwards had an opportunity to steal the game however the referee ruled it a double movement with Grammar winning the semi-final.

Suva Grammar team manager Bulou Wainiqolo says the players came and delivered according to plan.

“One of the advice that was given to them was to play till the last whistle and they did, we are proud of them , we have come so far and leading on to the deans finals next week, we will try to improve all our mistakes from here and then we’ll take it from there”

Suva Grammar will head into the final at Churchill Park in Lautoka.