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Eels face Panthers in schools league finals

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, April 22, 2012

IT will be the repeat of last year's Vodafone Fiji Secondary School Rugby League under-19 finals when arch-rivals Ratu Kadavulevu Eels and Nasinu Panthers meet in another showdown next week.

RKS Eels won the Colin Love Shield when they overcame the traditional giants of secondary schools rugby league competition, Nasinu Panthers 20-12 last year.

And the side remains on track to retain their title after brushing past the powerful Queen Victoria Knights 15-8 in the U19 semi-finals at the National Stadium yesterday and book its place in the finals.

Bati Shield holders Nasinu Panthers also kept its unbeaten record intact, beating John Wesley Sea Eagles 8-4 in the other semi-final.

Fiji National Rugby League operations manager Rusiate Ratakele said the U19 final, scheduled for this Thursday, was poised to be a one of the best.

"It's the repeat of last year's final and definitely the rivalry is there and we predict it to be one of the exciting finals we have seen in recent years," he said.

"It has been an exciting year for secondary school rugby league so far and we thank the teachers and development officers for their tireless effort."

Following yesterday's semi-finals results, the U18 grade final will be all western affair when Lautoka Central College takes on Natabua High School.

Lautoka Central overcame a gutsy Marist Brothers Storm 7-6 while Natabua defeated Lelean Bulldogs 15-10.

In the U17 final, western giants Ratu Navula faces QVS Knights.

Ratu Navula defeated John Wesley College 16-6 while QVS Knights were declared winners (after they scored the opening points) over Ratu Sukuna Dragons following 20-20 draw after the sudden death play.

Suva Grammar will play Lelean Bulldogs in the U16 final while John Wesley College takes on Lelean Bulldogs in the U15 final.

"We want to thank the CWM Hospital especially its general manager Ned Taito for providing us with an excellent medical service during the games," Ratakele said.


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