North rugby

Seaqaqa Central School U16 players before taking on Labasa Sangam SKM College. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

EIGHT secondary schools in the Macuata Secondary Schools Rugby including St Bedes Secondary School in Savusavu competed in the recent zonal competitions at All Saints Secondary School.

Macuata Secondary School Rugby representative Setefano Mainavatuiwai said winners from the meet would participate in the Eastern zone playoffs.

Mr Mainavatuiwai said plans were also underway to have a Northern playoff.

“The playoffs would allow secondary schools in the Northern Division a platform to compete actively in the game of rugby,” he said.

“Focus of the playoffs will be largely on exposing these schools which hardly have a chance to compete in the Eastern Zone playoffs.

Last year All Saints Secondary School, Nadogo Secondary School, Nabala Secondary School and Seaqaqa Central College contested in the Eastern zone playoffs.

Meanwhile, another 12 primary schools within the Macuata Kaji Rugby Zone met in Labasa too.

Games co-ordinator Mario Codro said the competition was a platform for the Macuata divisional competitions scheduled for the first week of next month.

“It is interesting to witness the stiff competition in the Labasa domestic zone competition over the years,” he said.

“This is to show players exposure to national competition which has really developed their know-how.

“Our under-9 and 10s though play tag rugby, which is in my view, a good platform for their interest in the games at a later stage of their participation.”

Mr Codro said after the divisional meet a Macuata team would be selected to represent the provincial zone to the national Kaji meet.