Mabote Beavers on the ropes

Mabote Beavers on the ropes

MASERU – Local rugby giants Mabote Beavers are on the ropes after losing consecutive Lesotho Rugby Championship matches in the space of a week.
On Monday the 2016 champions were outfoxed 10-13 by Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) and that loss followed on from a humiliating 40-0 defeat at the hands of the National University of Lesotho (NUL) Spears a few days earlier.
Beavers are not in action this weekend and will need to use the time off to recover and regroup after a disappointing week.

For head coach Letsielo Mabitle there are several areas to work on but top of the list has to be the lack of physicality which he pinpointed as the reason for Monday’s loss to LDF.
Some of Beavers’ problems are to be expected as this is a season of transition. Several of the stalwarts from the club’s title-winning squad have left and this season the team has relied a lot more on young, inexperienced players.
Speaking to thepost on Tuesday, Mabitle said the main goal when the season started last month was to retain the team’s status in the elite league and build towards competing for honours next season once again.

Nevertheless, after two losses on the bounce, he admitted his side need to win to boost their confidence.
“The challenge we have is that due to high unemployment rate in our country many of my players left the team to work for their families, and I was left with only one option of recruiting young new players who are still gaining experience in the rugby field. We will lose in many of our games but next season people should expect flames,” Mabitle said.

Beavers’ rivals and defending champions, Giants Rugby, currently lead the log and look the most likely contender to win the league.
For their part, a good season for Beavers would be competing strongly and showing positive signs for the future. The team will have to grow up fast after being bullied by LDF.
“At the beginning of the season we told ourselves that we are here to participate and save the team’s status because 90 percent of my players are new and young,” Mabitle said.
“The game we played against LDF we were without our key player, Mohlomi, who is badly injured and he will not be available in our next game,” he added.

“We lost because of the harsh way (LDF) was playing us. They were aware that they will not win if they do not become extra physical in the game.”
Despite the men’s team defeats, Beavers were able to celebrate victory for the ladies team this past weekend as they beat NUL Spears 14-0.

Nkheli Liphoto


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