The second edition of the Rugby League Championships, being organized by the Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG), kicked off on Sunday, May 24, 2021 at the University of Ghana Rugby Field.
The curtain raiser was the first ever competitive matchup for the junior category, where Firm Foundation defeated African Warriors 12-0.
Firm Foundation will take on African Warriors in a best out-of-five contest to determine the country’s first-ever junior champion.
In the showpiece event, Bulls Rugby League Football Club, who are hopeful of successfully defending the title they hoisted back in 2019, were unable to successfully overcome their first hurdle.
They fell to a 24-14 defeat after leading 12-14 in the first half of the game.
John Bless Mensah of Accra Panthers inspired a sensational comeback against the champions with 2 tries and 1 successful conversion to his name.
Captain of Bulls, Collins Ofosu, who spoke to UniversSports was of the view that defeat highlights the fact that being champions does not make them invincible whiles expressing hope that the team would learn a thing or two from their mistakes.
”It makes me feel that we are not invincible and we need to put in the work as individuals and also as a team.
”We came into the game a bit lacklustre but there’s a first time for everything and this is not a setback, this is actually a stepping stone unto greater victories,” he said.
Collins also explained why Bulls fell to their first ever defeat after winning the championship undefeated in the previous edition
“We didn’t have the depth and experience in the team that we usually have. Its a new team with new people and we need to ingrain the winning culture that we already had…
”So its all about training and inculcating the values of the Bulls Rugby League Football Club. A loss is a loss and were going to work on it and come back stronger,” he added.
The third match of the day featured Skolars Rugby League Club and debutants Nungua Tigers who were all hoping to set down a marker of intent in their ambitions for the title.
After a tough first half where the debutants played bravely, the score was 10:0 in favour of the favourites, Skolars.
At the end of the game, Skolars had added up to their tally as de facto Star man Chris Da-Gama scored a hat trick of tries and conversions to seal a hard earned victory with a 26-0 scoreline.
Speaking post match, Captain of the winning side, Riddick Alibah, opined that the Tigers fought a good fight but this year could be the year the Skolars lift the championship trophy.
“Hopefully it’ll be our year. We are fully prepared for it. It’s been a great game, it’s actually a surprise everyone came in very hard and we didn’t win our match very easily.
”We expected it to be easy but they were very great and they were exceptional as well but all the same Skolars had the day and we played well,” Alibah noted.
This year’s edition will also include a Women’s Championship where three female teams including Accra Panthers, Ghana Skolars and Nungua Tigers will feature and vie for a trophy.
The tournament continues on Sunday, May 30, 2021 at the same venue.
Results for Sunday’s games:
Below are the fixtures for Sunday, May 30 games: