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Ba Pro To Focus On Discipline: Pauline

"Pauline added that they would have to work hard on their discipline along with other factors that affected their game. We’re going to work on our weaknesses as we want to do better.”
14 Sep 2022 13:00
Ba Pro To Focus On Discipline: Pauline
Ba Provincial Freebird Institute Under-18 rugby players, teachers and supporters after their 16-13 win over Natabua High School on September 10, 2022. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The newly crowned- Vodafone Western Secondary Schools Zone rugby champions Ba Provincial Freebird Institute will focus more on discipline, says a team official.

Speaking to SUNsports, Ba Provincial Freebird Institute Under-18 team manager Margaret Pauline said despite their 16-13 win over Natabua High School, they still need to work harder.

“We respect other teams but I believe we played really well,” she said.

 

“It was a good challenge. Our boys managed to score as we expected Natabua High to come out stronger.”

“Pauline added that they would have to work hard on their discipline along with other factors that affected their game. We’re going to work on our weaknesses as we want to do better.”

Ba Provincial Freebird Institute was a two-time Vodafone Fiji Secondary Schools Under-19 rugby league champions.

 

The school produced top rugby players like Eroni Sau and Aminiasi Tuimaba, who are now playing in France.

In the clash against Natabua High School, Ba Pro took the lead in the 11th minute when flanker Jova Vuda scored a try in the corner with the conversion going wide.

In the 27th minute hooker Luke Vosa broke through the Natabua High School defence to score the second try and extend Ba Pro’s lead to 10-0.

 

In the 35th minute, Ba Pro suffered a setback when fullback Tevita Qereqeretabua copped a red card for dangerous play.

Halftime: Ba Pro 10-0 Natabua High.

Ba Pro players were further reduced to 13 players when Manueli Naketenilagi and Jone Navatuilagi got yellow cards. In the 48th minute, Natabua High’s Pasikali Naevo ran in a try to close the gap to 10-5.

In the 76th minute, Ba Pro was penalised for not rolling away and first five eight Rupeni Caucaunibuca converted as they trailed 10- 8.

 

In the 68 minute hooker Sikeli Cawe scored in the corner as they led for the first time 13-10. Ba Pro levelled the scores 13-13 with a successful penalty from Tevita Irvine.

Ba Pro Jovesa Buli who came off the bench was red carded for unprofessional play.

The match went into sudden death and it was Irvine’s successful penalty kick that saved the day for Ba Pro.

Ba Pro and Natabua High School will represent the Western Divison to the Deans national quarterfinals.

 

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