Giants, War­riors in fi­nal show­down

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

THE Le­sotho Rugby League is set for a po­ten­tially ex­cit­ing fi­nale when Maseru War­riors and Giants Rugby Club lock horns in the cham­pi­onship de­cider at Pitso Ground on Satur­day.

A win for Giants will see them re­turn to the pin­na­cle of the sport they dom­i­nated as the most dec­o­rated team be­fore they went into a year-long self-im­posed ex­ile from the league.

They pulled out in protest over what they al­leged to be poor ad­min­is­tra­tion of the sport.

Fed­er­a­tion of Le­sotho Rugby sec­re­tary gen­eral, Litšitso Motšeremeli said Giants were aware that they would have to sweat for vic­tory on Satur­day.

“There is no doubt that Gi­ant re­main a very good team but they came back to a more com­pet­i­tive league,” Motšeremeli said, adding, “War­riors will be a tough cus­tomer in the sea­son fi­nale this Satur­day and that is very good for our league”.

“The fact that the three top teams in the league all lost three games tells a story of the com­pet­i­tive­ness among the teams,” Motšeremeli said.

NUL Spears and Mabote Beavers will also face off in the third place play-off.

LDF and Swal­lows will get the ball rolling in the de­cider for po­si­tions five and six.

Mean­while, Motšeremeli con­grat­u­lated Le­sia Wolves for win­ning the in­au­gu­ral Le­sotho Women’s Rugby League last Satur­day.

“We did not ex­pect to such a strong and com­pet­i­tive women’s league in its first year.

“But it was a good sea­son and we were very im­pressed with what we saw as it flowed from the first day with­out any prob­lems,” he said.

He said the com­mit­ment and com­pet­i­tive­ness in the league had chal­lenged them to have a women’s na­tional team.

“I think they (women) have done enough to prove to the as­so­ci­a­tion that they are good enough to also play in­ter­na­tion­ally,” he said.

“All in all we are happy to see rugby in both the male and fe­male cat­e­gories grow­ing from strength to strength,” he told this pub­li­ca­tion. Rugby fi­nal fix­tures: LDF v Swal­lows NUL Spears v Mabote Beavers Giants Rugby v Maseru War­riors

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