Rugby league reaches penul­ti­mate stage

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Gi­ants face Mabote Beavers, while Maseru War­riors take on nul Spears in the Fed­er­a­tion of Le­sotho Rugby (FLR) league semi-fi­nal sched­uled for 21 March at a venue yet to be de­cided.

the four sides booked their places in the penul­ti­mate stage of the tour­na­ment af­ter last week­end’s last round of league matches played at Maseru Club.

Log-lead­ers Gi­ants ended the cam­paign on 12 points, while Maseru War­riors, NUL Spears and Mabote Weavers were all on six points. the fifth team, Black Co­bras, did not take part in the league pro­gramme af­ter fail­ing to as­sem­ble a full team.

FLR sec­re­tary gen­eral, Litšitso Motšeremeli said the fi­nal would take place on 28 March, and pre­ceded by a play-off for third po­si­tion.

Motšeremeli told the Le­sotho Times: “I was a bit sur­prised with the big turnout of the crowd at Maseru Club at the week­end, but at the same time, we were very ex­cited with the growth that the sport con­tin­ues to en­joy. It’s a good sign that rugby is head­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

“We ex­pect next week­end’s semi-fi­nal show­down to be big­ger and bet­ter be­cause of the stan­dards set last week­end. We are still try­ing to find a venue for the semis and fi­nals as we mostly use soc­cer grounds, so it de­pends which one would be avail­able on th­ese dates in ques­tion.”

Motšeremeli fur­ther said Econet tele­com Le­sotho, who spon­sor the na­tional team, could also bankroll the FLR league pro­gramme.

“We are still ne­go­ti­at­ing with Econet to see if the com­pany can spon­sor our league. We will also be able to cater for things such as medals, tro­phies for the top three teams as well as in­di­vid­ual awards,” he said.

Mean­while, Motšeremeli said he would be leav­ing the coun­try on 18 March to at­tend a four-day In­ter­na­tional Rugby Board (IRB) work­shop in Cape town, South africa.

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