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Historic victory for Ba Provincial

Jo Kunaluvea
Sunday, April 13, 2014

BA Provincial Freebird Institute was crowned the new Vodafone Fiji Secondary Schools rugby league U19 champion after they convincingly defeated Navosa Central College 26-7 at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday.

The Lautoka-based school scored six tries and were leading 22-nil at the break.

They were relentless in their defence and lethal in attack.

In the all western school final, Ba Provincial used it's heavier and taller players to full advantage as they often broke the first line of defence from the opposition to gain valuable ground.

Ba Provincial's Sekove Vuniyayawa was a thorn in the Navosa side as he initiated waves of attacks and was instrumental in two of their tries.

He also scored a try after finishing off a neat backline move. Mesake Saukuru was successful with his conversion.

Australian tourist Ben Nicoll who was watching the final from the VIP stand signalled out Vunyayawa.

"The No.9 player for the Blues was electric in all aspects of the game, he plays the game like James Segayaro who was a star in the Australian Kangaroo side,'"said Nicoll who is also the younger brother of Australian rugby league legend Laurie Dayley.

He said the Navosa Central team needed more running game and they had to spread the ball more often.

Vuniyayawa said he was very happy with the victory.

"I hope to finish school and pursue a career in rugby league," said Vuniyayawa who regards Chris Laidlaw, the Paramatta Eels halfback as his hero.

Navosa coach, Jone Vosataki was gracious in defeat.

"We made plenty of mistakes and allowed Ba Provincial to dictate play, but I would like to thank our players for a great effort.

"To reach the grand final in our first year is an achievement," he said.

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