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Top Guns Qualify

The second last round of the Vodafone Fiji Secondary School Rugby League competition saw Marist Brothers High School, Queen Victoria School and Ratu Kadavulevu School come out winners. MBHS edged
12 Mar 2017 11:11
Top Guns Qualify
An U19 Queen Victoria School team member goes head first into a wall of Lelean Memorial School defence in their game at VAtuwaqa .Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

The second last round of the Vodafone Fiji Secondary School Rugby League competition saw Marist Brothers High School, Queen Victoria School and Ratu Kadavulevu School come out winners.

MBHS edged out Ratu Sukuna Memorial School 18-12, QVS beat Lelean Memorial School 20-12 while RKS thrashed John Wesley College 26-8 in the Under-19 grade matches at Saint Marcellin Primary School in Vatuwaqa yesterday.

Fiji Secondary Schools Association for the South/East zone vice-president Aisake Tuapati said the schools look stronger this year compared to last year.

“This is because they have had a lot of games this year compared to the West,” Tuapati said.

“Like for Lautoka there are only two teams, both of these teams will have less games to play while our South East zone have 13 games.

“Last year, the South East zone was not as strong because of cyclone Winston and its effects it had on the schools and it really held up the games but now everything is going according to plan.

“From the South East zone we have a big number, there will be four teams that will qualify to the national quarterfinals in the under-19 grade while there will be three in the other grades.

“In pool one RKS and Nasinu have qualified for the national quarterfinals but pool two is still undecided because teams still have games left to play.

“But the competition is looking tough and schools are really putting on a good show for the crowd who show up in numbers to support their schools.”

With rugby league growing in the country, Tuapati says, students need to start taking the sport seriously.

“We are just creating awareness that this is becoming bigger and better now.

“From the first round where the permanent secretary for Education Iowane Tiko clearly stated that it is no longer a small sport, it has become a profession for the students.

“I am just advising the schools to encourage their students not only to come out and play on Saturday but to set a long term goal for themselves and make the sport their profession.

“They need to take their games, their training seriously and start working hard for their own future to hopefully represent the country or play overseas one day.”

Meanwhile, in the U17 grade LMS won by default over Marist Champagnat, Dudley High School lost 6-32 to Nasinu Secondary while QVS beat RSMS 24-4. In the U15 grade, RKS thrashed John Wesley 50-0.

The last round of competition will continue this week.



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