THE national rugby team, Likatola’s dream of playing in the Africa Rugby Silver stage suffered a blow when they lost 53-13 to Mauritius in the four nations Bronze Cup semifinal at Agra Ghana last Wednesday.
Lesotho were in a four-team tourney with Ghana, Rwanda and Mauritius.
According to the assistant coach, Moleleki Moleleki they started the match with the right tempo as they went to the break leading 13-11 but all hell broke loose in the second stanza.
“The way the game is played this side is much different from how we play back home and I guess that is how we lost the match,” Moleleki said.
“We started well but Mauritius’s experience worked against us. One of our key players got injured and had to be rushed to the hospital and that also contributed to the loss.
“They have players plying their trade in France and you can just imagine how experienced they are.”
However, Moleleki said all was not lost as there are few positives to take from the tournament.
“We are still to play the losers’ final against Rwanda which we hope to win and gain points. This was a learning curve for us and we will take this experience and exposure that we hope will help us going forward.
“Whether the team has won or lost there will always be lessons learnt from those matches and it is important to pick ourselves up,” he said.
Moleleki said they would regroup and iron out some of the challenges that they encountered this year so that they would have better fortunes next year.
“The target is to go back and prepare even better for the same tourney next year because we still want to be here next year.
“We also had some administrative problems but we are learning and we will get better with time,” Moleleki said.