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New FNRL format

Emoni Narawa
Saturday, July 05, 2014

FIJI National Rugby League has introduced a new format for its Vodafone Cup-sponsored club competition this season.

This is confirmed to Times Sport by FNRL operations manager Joeli Savou.

"We've decided to change the format slightly this season and that means there will be no playoffs for the Premier teams," he said.

Last year, the top four teams from the premier grade played the bottom teams from the Top 8 competition to determine which teams advances to the next stage.

However, Savou said the premier grade would have its own final while the Top 8 teams had its own. He said there would be automatic demotion for the bottom team in the Top 8.

"But the winner of the premier grade will advance into the Top 8 competition next season and the bottom Top 8 side gets demoted."

Heading into round two, Northern Police Sharks heads the points table in Dreketi, Muaniweni Sea Eagles are the top bet in Ra, Crushers seems to be crushing all teams in Lautoka and the Eels are on track in Nadi. In Sigatoka, Raiwaqa Knights leads the tally, City Storms tops the Suva conference, Davuilevu Knights is the seeded team in Nasinu and Keiyasi Cowboys is at its best in Navosa.

Savou said they expected a tough clash when the top teams from the eight conferences clash in the quarter-finals on September 16.

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