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New champs in rugby schools league

Arin Kumar
Sunday, February 23, 2014

BOTH challenge titles changed hands in the Southern Zone Secondary Schools Rugby League competition yesterday.

John Wesley College caused a major upset beating pool A Bati Tanoa holders Assemblies of God High School 11-2 in the under-19 competition at the Veiuto Primary School grounds in Suva.

JWC were able to score a converted try, kick two penalties and a drop goal while the AOG only managed a penalty.

In pool B competition, title holders Lomary Secondary School were dethroned by Lomaivuna High School. Lomaivuna won the fixture 10-6.

Competition official Biu Colati said yesterday's competition attracted a better turnout than last weekend's.

He said the weather had a huge role to play in attracting players, parents and spectators.

"With good weather, we were able to have good competition although we still had a few defaults," Colati said.

"Also, according to our analysis, the knowledge of the game is no longer held by a few schools.

"Those schools that performed poorly in the past years are now big threats in the competition."

He said the most exciting match of the day was between JWC and AOG.

"AOG had superior power in the forwards but they could not handle the JWC backline.

"JWC was fast with their pace of play and there were a few yellow cards here and there but there was no major fights or brawls.

"We expect these two teams to remain at the top in pool A and Lomaivuna and Lomary are the favourites from pool B.

Results: U15: CSS 0 LDS 20, GHS WBD DHS LBD, NSS WBD NAB LBD; U17: SGS 26 CSS 8, JWC 12 AOG 16, NSS 26 LDS 6; U19: GHS 8 LBSS 10, NSS WBD DHS LBD, NAB LBD SGS WBD, MHBS 20 LDS 6, Lomary 6 Lomaivuna 10, JWC 11 AOG 2.

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