Sun. Apr 14th, 2019

Giants in epic clash

NTHAKO MAJORO

MASERU – The weekend’s gigantic rugby clash between Team Liqhomane and Giants will be all about

going for the jugular as both clubs are keen to stamp their authority in domestic rugby.

LDF outfit Team Liqhomane face Giants Rugby in the final of the Federation of Lesotho Rugby (FLR) Championship set for the Mabote Sports Ground tomorrow.

This is expected to be an epic clash in the history of Lesotho rugby, with the soldiers outfit looking to win their first rugby cup in the two seasons of campaigning in the championship.

The Giants are on the other hand out to defend their title after winning the cup in 2017.

The competition was not played to the finish last year, leaving Giants as the defending champions.

Team Liqhomane have so far never lost a game in the competition and the omens look good for their maiden domestic rugby cup.

They outclassed Giants 50-0 in the second round of the FLR Championship. In the first round Giants were forced to forfeit points to the army side after they failed to honour their fixture.

Last Saturday, the soldiers overran NUL Spears 35-0 to book a place in the final. Giants also defeated arch-rivals Maseru Warriors 25-19 in a tough semi-final tie, both matches were held at the Mabote Sports Grounds on the same date.

Giants captain Keketso Sejake said this time around they will not give the soldiers the free run they previous had, adding they were ready to turn tables against them.

Sejake was quick to show that the monopoly would end come rain or sunshine.

“We have what it takes to beat them, and it will not be the first time because we beat them over a year ago,” he told Public Eye on Wednesday.

He added: “And we are not going to let them dominate again. They have no chance this time around, we are going to turn tables against them.”

Sejake said the spirit in Giants’ camp is incredibly high since last Saturday when they booked a slot in the final at the expense of Warriors.

“The training is also of high standard ahead of this explosive match which is considered by many fans as the biggest in Lesotho rugby,” he said.

Liqhomane’s spokesperson Mokone Mokone said they are going to further prove their dominance in the sport and make history by becoming the first team to win the competition unbeatable.

“This will be history in the making, we do not want to take chances and foil our plans,” said Mokone.

“We are determined to win the trophy and humble Giants.”

Team Liqhomane, however, go tomorrow’s final without their two key players, Semethe Mosoeu who is the captain of the team and Fusi Moheeane.

Mokone said Moheeane sustained a shoulder injury while Mosoeu broke his ankle, both against NUL Spears last weekend.

“Their injuries were noticed during training this week, right after the semi-final match against NUL Spears.

“They are our most important players, but we still have other good players to replace them. So, in any case, we still remain a force to be reckoned with,” he also said.

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