Battle after 10 years

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam,Nadawa, Nasinu | Saturday, August 12, 2017

RKS fans will be on cloud nine because all their teams have made the finals of the 2017 Deans competition.

In the feature match, the Lodoni Warriors face the Victorian Blues, who had a narrow escape victory against the giants from Cawaci.

History states RKS and QVS will meet each other in the final after 10 years.

In 2015, RKS won after they beat Southern sensations and the boys from Flagstaff while last year, QVS, under the able leadership of the late Elemaca "Macho" Ravulo, stormed Suva with a blockbusting performance, anchoring the Deans Trophy in the beautiful Tailevu Province.

The Victorians will be playing for their fallen coach and a proud QVS OB, whose records speak volumes.

RKS, meanwhile, has a rich sporting background and the rugby brains in former national 7s rep and Suva and Nadroga general merchant Nacanieli Saumi, who has brought a lot of success to the Lodoni based boarding school.

The way RKS dismantled Cuvu would have raised eyebrows and the technical advisers on the opposing side would have had to do a lot of homework to match the intensity and firepower of the Delainakaikai troops, who once find the rhythm and momentum, will be hard to stop.

But then QVS showed last week that the team that plays until the final whistle wins the game.

QVS had patience and took St John's head on, finally coming with the win under their belt.

Bus and mini-van loads of spectators and fans will flood Suva's ANZ Stadium with the hope of providing their team with that extra lung power and moral support from the stands.

Flags and school songs will steal the show today and will ignite fireworks on the battle field.

The 2017 Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival will be officially opened today and let's hope that the flames from the "Mother of all Festivals" will bring out the best from our traditional rivals and rugby powerhouses.

As the school curtains are drawn, the Deans final will be the talk of Term 3.

Only the best will stand with Fiji's Holy Grail. My best wishes to all the teams playing in today's finals.

A big vinaka vakalevu to all the coaches, officials, referees and their assistants, and not forgetting all our valuable sponsors, for making this year's Deans competition a success.

As I conclude, I am banking on RKS to wrap the year with the cup.

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