Beavers crowned rugby cham­pi­ons

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Mabote beavers were crowned cham­pi­ons of the 2016 Le­sotho Rugby League fol­low­ing a 15-12 win over Maseru War­riors last Satur­day.

NUL Spears ended the cam­paign in third po­si­tion while LCS claimed fourth po­si­tion.

Gi­ants, who won the two pre­vi­ous edi­tions of the an­nual com­pe­ti­tion, with­drew from the league in Fe­bru­ary claim­ing the Fed­er­a­tion of Le­sotho Rugby was not be­ing run prop­erly.

How­ever, FLR sec­re­tary gen­eral, Litšitso Motšeremeli, said the league was still com­pet­i­tive even in the ab­sence of their for­mer cham­pi­ons.

“I feel every­thing went well even with­out Gi­ants. I guess it is al­ways im­por­tant to have Plan b when you op­er­ate such an or­gan­i­sa­tion,” Motšeremeli said.

“We had seven teams be­fore the sea­son started with only five in our elite league while the other clubs were given a chance to grow so we might call one of them to join the big league next sea­son.

“there is also an­other team called black Co­bras, which is a po­lice side that failed to par­tic­i­pate this sea­son due or­ga­ni­za­tional is­sues. but I’m sure they will be back next sea­son and our teams will in­crease again.”

Mean­while, Motšeremeli said the na­tional rugby team, Lika­tola, is in train­ing for next week­end’s in­ter­na­tional match against botswana. the tie takes place at bam­batha tšita Sports arena and is part of Lika­tola’s prepa­ra­tions for the africa Rugby Cup qual­i­fiers to be held in Rwanda from 17-22 May.

“It’s been three weeks that the team has been train­ing for the Rwanda com­pe­ti­tion,” said Motšeremeli.

“this is go­ing to be an im­por­tant tour­na­ment for the growth of rugby in our country as well as the na­tional team and we need to pre­pare the best way we can.

“We know botswana will also not be an easy side to beat, but our play­ers are still in good shape as our sea­son has just ended.”

ac­cord­ing to Motšeremeli, some of Le­sotho’s play­ers at­tend­ing South african uni­ver­si­ties would be in the team.

“We have a few play­ers in the team who play in South africa for their uni­ver­si­ties and will be part of the game against botswana and of-course, the tour­na­ment in Rwanda,” said Motšeremeli.

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