Rugby league: Conquerors, Buffaloes still unbeaten

Players of Conquerors (in yellow) and Idas witness the kick off of  their penultimate clash at the Accra Sports Stadium

Players of Conquerors (in yellow) and Idas witness the kick off of
their penultimate clash at the Accra Sports Stadium

The penultimate round robin matches of the Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) on Saturday January 23, 2016 produced 123 points in two matches at the Accra Sports Stadium and the Robert Mensah Stadium in Cape Coast.

In Accra, the newly formed but unbeaten club in the championship, Conquerors SC, overpowered their opponents, Idas Sports RFC with nine thrilling tries in their game in Accra.

The two teams who happen to be among the strongest clubs in this league season of the GRCC gave each other a hard time with quality rugby play beyond expectations.

The experienced Idas team with most of its players being expatriates were conquered by the Conquerors in a margin of 57- 0 after the final whistle.

According to Abdul Rahman Salisu, captain of Conquerors SC, the Idas side gave them a tougher game than what they anticipated but the team was able to win due to the tactical play that got the opponent frustrated.

He cited the match as the toughest in the history of the championship, adding that beating Idas has boosted their enthusiasm to take on any team in the League.

This, the Conquerors have to prove on Saturday at the Accra Sports Stadium when they engage another unbeaten side, Cosmos Buffaloes RFC.

The Buffaloes are the defending champions and have so far put up a display reminiscent of what they churned out the previous season and are still touted as a major force as far as this season is concerned.

In Cape Coast, the two Cape Coast teams, Griffons RFC and UCC Spartans RFC, locked horns in a regional derby that saw the former emerging victorious with a convincing 61-5 win.

Ironically, it was the UCC Spartans that drew first blood by scoring a quick try in the first 15 minutes of the game but Griffons replied with a double try and went up by 30-5 at the end of the first half.

The Spartans had few answers to Griffons, runs that attacked the Spartans line relentlessly in their last match of the 2015/16 Club championship.

The bottom placed Spartans will face Dansoman Hurricanes on Saturday.

Meanwhile, an Africa rugby delegation has visited Ghana to assess the development of the game and find ways by which the regional body can support the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) to improve both its best practice governance model and the Union’s technical capabilities through coaching and referee training.

In the CentWest Zone, major strides were made with the “Get Into Rugby” youth development programme of World Rugby when both the Holy Child Secondary School and Wesley Girls SHS adopted Rugby as official school sport.

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