August 13, 2016 7:25 pm

Last minute penalty kick seals victory for QVS

Nippy half back, Peniasi Ratu was the star of the match today after he kicked the winning penalty for Queen Victoria School to seal their 21-18 victory against the Marist Brothers High School at the ANZ Stadium in Suva this afternoon. The Vulinitu based school has ended their four years jinx and will be keeping the […]

Nippy half back, Peniasi Ratu was the star of the match today after he kicked the winning penalty for Queen Victoria School to seal their 21-18 victory against the Marist Brothers High School at the ANZ Stadium in Suva this afternoon.

Queen Victoria School after winning the Coke Zero Deans Trophy against Marist Brothers High School today. (Serelisoni Moceica/Newswire)
Queen Victoria School after winning the Coke Zero Deans Trophy against Marist Brothers High School today. (Serelisoni Moceica/Newswire)

The Vulinitu based school has ended their four years jinx and will be keeping the Coke Zero Deans Trophy on their shelf for one year before it is contested again next year.

The gruelling match today was taken to an extra time after both teams were locked 18 all at the 80th minute.

The teams were told that whichever scores first will be crowned the winner, thus walking away with the Coke Zero Deans Trophy which raised the momentum of the game together with the nervousness of the players.

Marist led 10-8 at half-time.

Ratu said he was confident when he kicked the winning penalty.

RATU: “We thank the Lord for this opportunity for that penalty and I didn’t believe it when I kicked the goal. I thank my parents for their support, QVS Old Boys and all the others. I was confident that I could kick that penalty and the boys were wishing me the best, I told them not to pressure themselves and let the Lord make his decision.”

Peniasi Ratu receives the best player cheque of $250 from the Chief Guest Commander Francis Kean. (Serelisoni Moceica/Newswire)
Peniasi Ratu receives the best player cheque of $250 from the Chief Guest Commander Francis Kean. (Serelisoni Moceica/Newswire)

The Yasawa lad has the desire to don the white jumper in future.

RATU: “I wish to wear the white jersey in future and also praying to the Lord for his rugby career. My father was also a rugby player and I thank the Lord for this talent.

QVS Coach Senirusi Seruvakula acknowledged the boys for their hard work to winning the Coke Zero Deans trophy.

SERUVAKULA: “It is really great that we won the deans, we had prepared really well. Marist was firing up in the start and they played a very constructive rugby. So we tried to hold them in their attacks. The last minute penalty kick was a lucky one for us.”

MBHS coach Koroi Matadigo congratulated the QVS team for their victory.

MATADIGO: “It was a game of both half’s and I believe the teams from QVS took advantage of their chances, there was equal opportunity for both the teams and we congratulate the QVS team. I am proud of the boys today, they played their best.

Meanwhile, Manoa Ratu the father of Peniasi Ratu was in tears of joy and was speechless with his son’s performance today.

All the trophies in the Coke Zero Deans trophy competition were lifted to the Eastern Zone Division.

Results.

  • U14 QVS 15-5 RSMS
  • U15 QVS 17- 13 RKS
  • U16 QVS 10- 12 RKS
  • U17 QVS 12- 6 St John
  • U18 QVS 21- 18 MBHS
  • U19 Lelean 12- 8 RKS