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Schools carry West hope

Maciu Malo
Sunday, March 23, 2014

NATABUA and Ba Provincial Freebird Institute will carry the hopes of Lautoka Nadi zone in the Vodafone Fiji secondary schools rugby quarter-finals scheduled for next week in Nadi.

The two under-19 teams will also try and engrave a new chapter in the Fiji secondary schools rugby league competition and become the first team to bring the U19 trophy to the West.

With last year's national U18 champion Ratu Navula was bundled out of the main competition, Natabua and Ba Provincial will have a good chance of wresting the trophy from reigning national U19 champion Nasinu Secondary School.

Last year's U18 finalist Ba Provincial has also been shouldered a huge responsibility in trying to oust Nasinu in next week's quarter-final.

Lautoka Nadi zone official Ifereimi Naisoro said he was confident Ba Provincial would upset Nasinu in the elimination stages.

He said Ba Provincial team had been impressive during the zone weekly competition and they would be a force to be reckoned with this year.

Naisoro said the side preferred the underdog tag since this would be the first time for the Lautoka-based team to feature in the national U19 elimination stages.

"We will be going into this game as underdogs but I am confident Ba Provincial will defeat Nasinu next weekend," he said.

"Ba Provincial has been impressive during the zone weekly competition and I am optimistic they will deliver the goods for the school, teachers, parents and the people in the West.

"Nasinu will be tough to beat since they do their best to retain the title."

Meanwhile, another team that is expected to stamp its dominance in the U17 grade is Natabua High School.

The side emerged as the zone winner and would give a hard time to Southern and Central schools rugby league giants.

The Fiji secondary school rugby league quarter-finals will be held at Nadi's Prince Charles Park on Saturday.

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