The Fiji Bitter Escott Shield semi-finals tomorrow will be played as scheduled at Albert Park in Suva. The Suva Rugby Union has ordered that the games despite two other major competitions — the Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy challenge and the Fiji Rugby Union promotion-relegation match between Namosi and Rewa — being postponed because of bad weather. After two days of continuous rain in the Capital City, the sun finally appeared yesterday and if it continuous to shine today, Suva rugby fans will be able to watch top class action from some of Suva's famous rugby clubs. The Escott Shield is the oldest trophy in the country and was first contested for in 1913.
THE DHL Raiwaqa club will field a young team for tomorrow's Escott Shield semi-finals at Albert Park. Raiwaqa head coach Mataika Komainavure yesterday admitted that the club has the youngest team in the Suva premier grade competition this year. "Last week we had a very young team against Nabua in the quarter-finals but we will field a much younger team in the semi-finals tomorrow," Komainavure said. "Even our prop Apisai Vatubuli is still registered in the under-20 grade."
New Suva premier competition club Covenant Brothers paid the price for failing to follow proper player transfer rules when they were disqualified from playing in Escott Shield semi-finals. The team had a very successful season making the quarter-finals after finishing in the top eight at the end of the round robin competition. Covenant defeated Army in their quarter-final match but played a player who was still registered in another union.