Nasinu tops zone under-18

THE Southern Zone competition ended their weekly competition with Nasinu Secondary School finishing on top of the under-18 competition after defeating Suva Grammar School 10-3 at Bidesi Ground in Suva on Saturday.

Marist Brothers High School has also qualified after thrashing John Wesley College 32-0 in the playoff for the Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union’s (FSSRU) Coke Zero Deans Trophy next month.

Nasinu will now face Levuka-based school St John’s College in the national quarter-finals on July 29 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

President Napolioni Silatolu said the competition this year would be very tough as schools would come in prepared.

“We’ve reached a level where our players have prepared really well judging from their game they play,” Silatolu said.

“We’ve seen a lot of changes in regards to their discipline their less cards be given to them and they equipped themselves well on the basic rules of the game and I am grateful to the coaches for stressing that point to our players.

“We can’t afford to lose players over a simple mistake that will cost us the game and coming to the national competition you will need to use your head in the game and play smart,” he said.

Silatolu stated that a budget of $16,000 was used in the running of their weekly competition and they have expected a good result in return.

“In a week the amount of money we use was $3000 so it was great effort.

“We will support the schools in terms of their preparation in terms of technical issues.

“We didn’t have any sponsors but whatever money we had we used to utilise the running of the weekly competition and now with the games finished we’re concentrating to next month.”

Meanwhile, Ratu Kadavulevu School defeated Queen Victoria School 9-8 in the U18 final while St John’s College shocked Lelean Memorial School 22-19 in the playoff of the Eastern Zone.

Results: Southern Zone: U14 Final; MBHS 10-19 SGS; U14 Playoffs; NSS 39-3 RSMS; U15 Final; MBHS 20-12 SGS; U15 Playoffs; NSS 13-23 RSMS; U16 Final; MBHS 15-12 SGS; U16 Playoffs; NSS 20-5 RSMS; U17 Final; MBHS 26-14 SGS; U17 Playoffs; NSS 5-25 JWC; U19 Final: NSS 17-15 Nabua; U19 Playoffs; MBHS 32-0 JWC; U18 Playoffs; MBHS 32 -0 JWC; U18 Final; NSS 10- 3 SGS; U19; MBT 8-14 SBC

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