Rugby sea­son off to A flyer

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Le­sotho’s 2015 rugb rugby sea­son got off to a flyer last week­end, with four of the six teams in the topflight league in ac­tion at Pitso Ground in Maseru.

the league, which w was launched by the Fed­er­a­tion of Le­sotho R Rugby (FLR) in 2014 com­pris­ing Gi­ants, NU NUL Spears, CAS War­riors, and Black Co­bras Co­bras, added War­riors and Mabote Bear­ers to the f fold this year.

Last Satur­day, all t the six teams were sup­posed to play their first matches of the sea­son — only for the CAS War­riors/black Co­bras tie to be cancel can­celled af­ter the for­mer ar­rivedi dlt late.

At the end, only War­riors, Mabote Bear­ers, Gi­ants, and NUL Spears took to the field, with fans be­ing treated to some en­ter­pris­ing rugby.

Ac­cord­ing to FLR sec­re­tary, Litšitso Motšeremeli, the sea­son-opener was a roar­ing suc­cess, adding he hopes the same spirit of com­pe­ti­tion would pre­vail when the league pro­gramme con­tin­ues this week­end.

“You have to un­der­stand that rugby is still a new sport here in our coun­try, but we were im­pressed with the big turnout by the fans, as well as the com­pe­ti­tion on dis­play on the day,” Motšeremeli said on tues­day.

“How­ever, de­spite the fierce con­tests, it was a re­lief that there were no se­ri­ous in­juries to any of the play­ers.”

Although the FLR was only launched in 2012, Motšeremeli says the sport had re­alised “phe­nom­e­nal” growth since then.

Maseru Kings, now known as Gi­ants rugby Club, were the first com­pet­i­tive team to be launched un­der FLR, and plays in one of South Africa’s am­a­teur leagues in the Free State Prov­ince.

how­ever, Motšeremeli lamented lack of spon­sor­ship, which he said was af­fect­ing Flr’s pro­grammes.

“We don’t have a spon­sor for the league, but still de­cided to go ahead and start our sea­son last week­end. We have been in talks with a few com­pa­nies, and hope­fully, some of them will come on board,” said Motšeremeli.

“We are de­lighted with what we saw on the open­ing day, es­pe­cially the way the spec­ta­tors re­sponded. i be­lieve things will get bet­ter with time, par­tic­u­larly once we se­cure spon­sor­ship.”

Last week’s re­sults: War­riors 16-5 Mabote Bear­ers; Gi­ants 34-7NUL Spears; CAS War­riors v Black Co­bras (can­celled af­ter CAS War­riors ar­rived late).

This week­end’s fix­tures (Day and venue still to be de­cided): NUL Spears v Black Co­bras; War­riors v CAS War­riors; Gi­ants v Mabote Bear­ers.

likhopo winger Makara ntait­sane

Gi­ants tus­sle for the ball again­stag nul Spears (in white) at Pitso Ground on Satur­day.

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