Beavers crowned rugby champions
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.