Pride at stake as rugby pow­er­houses clash

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

GI­ANTS and NUL Spears clash at LCS Ground on Satur­day in the fi­nal of the 2015 Le­sotho Rugby Cham­pi­onship.

Spears out­played Maseru War­riors 42-0 in the first semi-fi­nal played at LCS Ground last Satur­day, be­fore Gi­ants beat Mabote Beavers by a sim­i­lar score-line in the other penul­ti­mate match of the tour­na­ment to set-up what prom­ises to be a thrilling fi­nal.

Af­ter win­ning a sil­ver medal at the re­cent In­ter­var­sity Games held in Botswana, Spears were ex­tremely mo­ti­vated against War­riors, re- sult­ing in the con­vinc­ing win.

In the sec­ond semi, Gi­ants lived up to their favourites tag, and steam­rolled over Beavers as they coasted to a com­fort­able win.

Gi­ants spokesper­son, Napo Ma­puru, told the Le­sotho Times that a lot would be at stake in Satur­day’s fi­nal.

“NUL Spears have proved to be a very com­pet­i­tive side, which is why they are in the fi­nal. That means we have to be well-pre­pared to con­quer them and win the cham­pion- ship,” Ma­puru said.

“There is no doubt that the fi­nal is go­ing to be very tough, but we would want to win the com­pe­ti­tion so badly and con­firm our sta­tus as the big­gest rugby club in Le­sotho.”

Ma­puru said Gi­ants were also favourites go­ing into the week­end de­cider, and would live-up to ex­pec­ta­tions.

“This is go­ing to be a mas­sive test for us, but I be­lieve we re­main the bet­ter team. How­ever, we have to prove this on the field of play come Satur­day.”

How­ever, a NUL Spears player, Let­latsa Le­tompa, on Tues­day told the Le­sotho Times that the up­com­ing fi­nal could go ei­ther way as they were also determined to win the tie.

“We have a score to set­tle with Gi­ants, who beat us at the same stage last year,” Le­tompa said.

“We know very well that Gi­ants are a very strong team, but we have been hard at train­ing pre­par­ing for this match, so any­thing is pos­si­ble in this fi­nal.

“We also won a sil­ver medal at the In­ter­var­sity Games that ended two weeks ago in Botswana, so we are also ex­tremely mo­ti­vated to win this com­pe­ti­tion.”

Mean­while, los­ing semi-fi­nal­ists Maseru War­riors and Mabote Beavers would cur­tain-raise for the fi­nal be­gin­ning at 2pm, as they battle for third-po­si­tion. The main game of the day, the fi­nal, starts at 4pm.

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