14 teams qualify for Suva 10s final

Files pictures of the action from the Navy and Covenant match during the Suva Rugby 10's competition at Bidesi Park in February, 2020. Picture: RAMA/FT FILE

After successfully hosting the Suva Rugby Union 10s competition last week, 14 teams have qualified for the finals of the Tau Sports and Digicel-sponsored event which will take place on December 4.

Twenty-eight men’s teams and four women’s teams took part in Round One.

SRU secretary Tevita Tuiloa said as always, they had identified some opportunities for improvement and would work on this for Round Two on Saturday.

The top 14 teams are Navy 1, Eastern Saints 1, Police 1, Raiwaqa, Nabua 1, Army Green, Lomaiviti 1, QVSOB, Eastern Saints, Marist, RKSOB, Nabua 2, Covenant 1, and Naqarani.

“To those teams that did not make it, you have another opportunity to make it, by finishing off in the Top 14 for this Saturday,” he said.

“Our SRU coaches were also at the grounds last Saturday identifying some new talents to be part of our Skipper Cup defence and hopefully the Farebrother in 2022.

“The FRU has also confirmed in the AGM that there is a possibility of standout players in the 2022 Skipper Cup season to provide injury cover for our Fijian Drua team in the Super Rugby Competition.

“Let us continue to encourage players and show them that opportunities are out there if they put in the hard yards.

“The SRU needs to see players come in with vaccination cards or photo IDs.

“This will not be tolerated and we request all clubs to take ownership of this. Playing any unvaccinated player is risky and could affect SRU’s ability to hold rugby competitions in the future.

“Our COVID-19 team at the gate will continue to not let anyone who do not present his or her vaccination card.

“Some team managers and players continue to abuse our match officials verbally during their games. This is a stern reminder that this will not be tolerated and we have informed the referees to inform us if this is happening for Round Two so we can deduct points.”

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