THE Southern Zone Secondary Schools Rugby Association is expecting tough competition and good sportsmanship to prevail when the semi-finals of the zone begins at the Suva Grammar School (SGS) grounds today.
Association vice president development Elemaca Ravulo said all the grades would be interesting to watch but all eyes would be on the under-18 grade.
He said the four teams that had reached the semi-finals had proved they deserved to be there but only the best two would progress further in the competition.
Hosts SGS will take on Assemblies of God High School (AOG) while Marist Brothers' High School (MBHS) will face Nasinu Secondary School.
"Of those four, three have regularly competed at this stage before (semi-finals) but AOG is the only team that will compete for the first time in the semi-finals," Ravulo said.
"They (AOG) have shown great improvement and to reach this stage is no easy feat and the team they are facing, they (AOG) have all ready defeated them (SGS) in the pool stages," he said.
"So they (AOG) will have a psychological advantage in the match and so will Nasinu over Marist because they beat them too in pool stages."
But he believes the best prepared team will step up to the challenge to beat their opponents.
"The players need to do everything right on the field and not allow their opponents chances at scoring against them."
Ravulo said the Fiji Rugby Union would be present at the grounds as well to monitor the scrum moratorium.
"It's good to have the parent body present at the competition because while they are monitoring the new scrum techniques, they can also look that the talent that is on show at the grounds," he said.