THE Ratu Navula under-19 team ended Ba Provincial Freebird Institute's unbeaten run with a 16-12 win at the Ba Provincial School ground on Saturday.
The win has kept Ratu Navula's hope alive as one of the two teams from the Lautoka-Nadi zone to play in the national secondary school rugby league play-offs.
Ratu Navula, Ba Pro and Natabua are now level with four points each and will battle to secure the two spots to represent the zone at the national meet.
Tournament official Ifereimi Naisoro said the race for the top two spots had intensified from these three schools.
He said the three teams are tied on points but Ba Pro still leads the points table on points differential.
"The remaining games will be important for these three schools to if they want to progress in the competition," said Naisoro.
"It will be interesting to see these teams battle in the remaining games."
In the U17 grade, Natabua leads the points table after their 17-6 win against Ba Pro on Saturday.
The school is highly tipped to win the zone top spot with two games to be played with Ratu Navula is likely to join Natabua for the national finals.
The development comes after the Nadi-based team thumped neighbours Nadi Muslim 20-7 at the weekend.
Central College leads the U15 points table with six points and is closely followed by Natabua and Ratu Navula.
The competition continues at Ba Provincial School ground this weekend.
U19. Ratu Navula 16-12 Ba Pro; Tilak 12-8 Nadi Muslim; U17: Natabua 17-6 Ba Pro; Ratu Navula 20-7 Nadi Muslim, U15:Natabua 28-0 Nadi Muslim; Ratu Navula 18-4 Tilak.