NINE players who were involved in a scuffle during the Ratu Kadavulevu and Lelean Memorial School game in the Vodafone Cup Eastern Zone competition last week have been disciplined.
Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby League secretary Biu Colati said the players were suspended in accordance to the indiscretion they caused.
"We looked at the video footage and detected about nine students who were part of the incident," Colati said.
"In rugby league, leaving the bench and running into the field gets you a four-week suspension and throwing a punch is a week suspension."
Colati said two Lelean Memorial School players who joined the commotion from the bench and exchanged blows with the RKS players were both suspended for five weeks.
He said two RKS players who instigated the fight were both suspended for four weeks.
"The rest that were involved in the incident were suspended for one week each," Colati said.
Colati said the principals of the two schools were notified of the suspension, adding that if they disagreed, there were provisions in place to file for an appeal against the governing body's decision.
"This should serve as a warning to other students involved in this competition that they may face similar penalties should they try to take the rules in their own hands. There are guidelines to follow and we want everyone to respect that," Colati said
Colati said the scuffle between the players in the under-19 challenge match was a one-off incident and had not brought any disrepute to the sport itself. He said the weekly competition was gaining momentum.
"This is the best secondary schools competition considering the returns to the participating schools. The prizemoney in each grade is $1000 plus the winner of the weekly challenge gets $100.
"This may be the reason why this is so competitive," Colati said.