League move – West schools show progress in development

Winning performance ... Apolosi Navokaro of the Queen Victoria School Knights brings down a Ra High School Roosters player during the Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby League U19 quarter-fi nal clash at Buckhurst ground in Laucala Bay, Suva. Picture: RAMA

THE continued progress of schools from the Western Division has set the foundation for an exciting national semi-final encounter next weekend.

Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby League general secretary Taniela Vakamoce said progress in development had seen some elite schools now being challenged.

“We can see that a few schools from the West have stood up and pulled off upsets,” Vakamoce said, highlighting the under-15 quarter-final match where Tavua District Secondary School overcame favourites Ratu Sukuna Memorial School Broncos 16-12 at Buckhurst grounds yesterday.

“That shows the development that is happening in the West is up to par with the Fiji National Rugby League development.”

Vakamoce said gone were the days where only a number of schools would dominate.

“It now comes down to the preparation done beforehand and nothing is decided until the final whistle.”

Ba Provincial Free Bird Institute, Nasinu Secondary School and Ratu Kadavulevu School have advanced all their teams in the under-15, U17 and U19 grades to the national semi-finals.

The semi-finals will be held next week in Lautoka.

Quarter-final results:

U15: Nasinu Panthers 32-0 Ra High Roosters, Sukuna Broncos 12-16 Tavua District Rabbitohs, Ba Methodist Saints 4-10 RKS Eels, Ba Provincial Dragons 16-0 Latianara Raiders.

U17: Marist Storms 24-4 Ra High Roosters, Lelean Bati 14-20 Ba Provincial Dragons, RKS Eels 30-2 Ba Methodist Saints, Nasinu Panthers 14-8 Natabua Bulldogs.

U19: Nasinu Panthers 32-10 Nasikawa Knights, RKS Eels 26-12 Sigatoka Methodist Storm, Lelean Bati 10-24 Ba Provincial Dragons, QVS Knights 26-13 Ra High Roosters.

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