Rugby league reaches penultimate stage
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.