September 24, 2022
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New U18 winner as QVS bows out

A new winner will be crowned in the U18 grade of the 2022 Vodafone Super Deans Championship after reigning champions Queen Victoria School was beaten 21-19 by Natabua High School in the second quarterfinal at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva today.
QVS shed the first blood in the 6th minute when Nacani Batudravu's kick was collected well on time by flyhalf Tevita Varo who dived in the corner to score.
Natabua had a golden opportunity to bounce back few minutes later through hooker Sikeli Cawe but he failed to connect with his kick and chase effort which eventually was kicked out into touch by QVS backline player Tevita Koroibau.
Rusiate Bainivalu missed another chance for Natabua in the 19th minute but his right foot touched the side line near the corner flag.   
A ball lost forward by Natabua gave advantage to QVS and it was hooker Aporosa Waqanivakaloa who bulldozed through the defence  and scored under the posts.
Varo successfully converted for a 12-0 lead.
A line out throw by QVS was caught by Natabua's Pasikali Nayavo but again he was pushed into touch as the boys from Matavatucou went to the break with a narrow lead.
Natabua came out firing in the second spell with Ratu Viliame Tuwai taking advantage of a loss ball and burst out of the QVS half for their first try while Amena Vulivakarua converted successfully.
The Westerns giants put up a strong contest but their frequent ball losses saw Joji Koroi Nawai set up a try for winger Nacani Batidravu and a successful conversion extended their lead to 19-7.
A mistake by QVS in their lineout saw Bainivalu race away for Natabua’s second try and Nemani Vulinaviti converted to narrow the deficit to 19-14.
With just four minutes remaining in the match, Alipate Vialani scored a try which tied up the match and it was all left to Vulivakrua to slot in the conversion and put his school into the semifinals.
Natabua will meet the winner of the Suva Grammar vs Lelean quarterfinal in the second semifinal next Saturday at Prince Charles Park in Nadi.
By Romeka Romena  

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