Maseru Warriors defend title

Maseru Warriors defend title

MASERU – Maseru Warriors successfully defended their Rugby Sevens Championship title last Saturday by edging Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) Liqhomane 12-7 in a tightly-contested finale at Mejametalana Airbase Ground.
The nail-biting affair had fans on the edge of their seats and, according to Federation of Lesotho Rugby (FLR) secretary general Litšitso Motšeremeli, the action on show illustrated the tournament’s growth.

The progress, Motšeremeli said, is due to the country’s increasing stature on the international stage.
In October, Lesotho rugby’s meteoric rise continued when the national side, Likatola, sealed promotion to Rugby Africa’s Bronze Cup – the third tier of the continental game – by winning the South Region 1D Cup.

Lesotho’s upswing has opened doors for games against top tier African nations such as Namibia and the experience gained by national team players has rubbed off onto their local counterparts which, in turn, is elevating local competitions.
“(The Sevens Championship) has really grown. If you compare it to last year, there is a huge difference,” Motšeremeli said.
“Remember, we used to only play here at home against each other but ever since we went to play international matches against strong teams like Namibia, we have grown and gained experience,” he said.

Motšeremeli continued: “All the clubs are represented in the national team and have players in the national team. You can also see that the players that were not with the national team are starting to grasp and learn from those that played internationally.”
Maseru Warriors’ win over Liqhomane allowed them to retain the yearly Sevens Championship ahead of the LDF side. Mabote Beavers finished in third place.

Meanwhile, Likatola will embark on their Bronze Cup adventure next April, the LFR has confirmed.
The continental championship will be held from April 16 to 22 and Lesotho will go up against Mauritius, Ghana and Rwanda in the next level of Africa rugby pyramid.

The host nation for the tournament is yet to be announced.
Likatola secured promotion to 1C rated Bronze Cup this year by beating Malawi and Swaziland at Machabeng College to top their South Region 1D group.

Luciah Phahla

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