Feb 14, 15
The ongoing league games of the 2015/16 Ghana Rugby Club Championship games, came off on Saturday, February 14th with teams from Pool A taking centre stage. Three games were scheduled to kick off.
The first game of the day was between title chasers Legon Titans RFC and Dansoman Hurricanes. It was indeed a tough encounter. Both teams went all out displaying great strength throughout the game, but the Legon Titans attack proved stronger at the end of the game. They won the game by 19 points to 13 points.
Julius Amevor, coach of the side was elated about his team’s performance having won two games in a row. “This win is really good for us because it will help us grow our confidence going into the next league encounters, but as usual, we are going back to the drawing board to iron out all kinks before our next game.”
The final game of the day which proved tougher than the previous was between log leaders, Cosmos Buffaloes, and the defending champions, Idas RFC. The game commenced with neither teams willing to back down at any point in the game. Cosmos opened the scoring after a winger intercepted a ball meant for the full back of the Idas and scored the try.
Idas RFC came back to score a try in the first half, but it wasn’t after Cosmos were leading by a comfortable margin and were sure of winning the game.
With less than four minutes to end of proceedings, Idas RFC managed to turn the game around into their favour scoring a penalty and a try, winning the game narrowly by 13 points to Cosmos Buffaloes’ 12 points.
The coach of Cosmos Buffaloes, Amuzoloh Salim, said he was disappointed at his team’s first defeat of the season but he also understands that losing is part of the game. “It is unfortunate we lost today, but I am sure we will learn from our mistakes and improve on our game play. This clearly shows that all the teams have prepared adequately this time around.”
Abdul Samad, coach of the Idas could not hide his excitement at the turn of events. “I am excited that we beat Cosmos today. It’s long overdue. Now we are going to defend our title with all we have got.”
The tournament commissioner, Mr. Steve Noi, said he was elated at the turn of events and general performance. “Going into last game of the day, we were all expecting Cosmos Buffaloes to win because they have shown throughout the season that they are a force to reckon with, but clearly Idas showed a ‘never die’ attitude coming from behind to win the game in the last minutes. “I am really excited, because no team is going to be a walk over this season.”
The third round of matches for the pool A of the Ghana Rugby Championship continues on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Accra Rugby pitch at the University of Ghana, Legon.
Jul 06, 13
The first ever Rugby international Friendly Match in the Ashanti Region, which was designed to introduce rugby to schools in the Region, has finally ended at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium between hosts Ghana and Burkina Faso on Saturday 27th April 2013.
The Black Eagles of Ghana arrived in Kumasi on the evening of Friday 26th April, very much psyched and ready to win this all important game as this might have a significant impact when the two teams again meet at the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) North Division 2 African Cup in June of 2013.
The two teams took turns on the morning of the match day to test drive the playing surface of the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in an attempt to acclimatize.
The referee of the day was Mr. William Ntiense; a CAR sanctioned official and the technical director of the Nigeria Rugby Federation, he was supported by the Head of Ghana’s Referees Association; Mr. Ishmael Adama together with others.
The match kicked off at 3:45pm with the visitors holding the host nation off and threatening to score on a few occasions. After about 15 minutes of perseverance and resilience as the visitors pushed hard, Ghana managed to turn the tables as they scored their first points through a drop Kick by Hamza Suleiman.
The Burkinabe to the horror of the fans at the stadium and of the Ghanaian team soon scored a try which put them two points ahead of the host nation. The relentless Ghanaian side after struggling through a very balanced game got the opportunity to score with a penalty which would have earned them 3 more points, but decided to put the Burkina defense to the test and go for an actual TRY which is worth 5 points, and the team managed to beat the defense of the visitors and get a TRY just before the blast of the half time whistle through William Ayeetey. The team then went ahead to score the conversion kick, earning them extra two points. This brought the score to 10 – 5 in favor of Ghana at half time.
In the second half, both teams came back more aggressive and ready to give it their all, Ghana obviously had the better strategy as they managed to beat the defense of their opponents by scoring two more TRYS through William Ayeetey and Hamza Suleiman respectively, and 1 conversion to bury the game at 22 POINTS TO 5.
GHANA BURKINA FASO
First Half First Half
1 Drop Kick goal – 3 Points 1 Try – 5 Points
1 Try – 5 Points
1 Conversion – 2 Points
2 Trys – 10 Points
1 Conversion – 2 Points
TOTAL = 22 POINTS TOTAL POINTS = 5 POINTS
Daniel Kenaz Mensah – Secretary General
Further to the signing of the MOU with the Ghana Rugby Football Union, NMS Infrastructure Limited form the United Kingdom will fulfill the first part of the agreement when they make a presentation of playing jerseys to the National Rugby Team.
The program will be held on Monday 27th May 2013 at the Media Center of Accra sports Stadium at 9:30am. The National Rugby Team, currently in camp at Alexander Kwarpong Hall of the University of Ghana will also be present on the day to be introduced officially to the press and public ahead of their Tournament in Niger.
We invite the Media, all lovers and supporters of our noble sport to be present at the Media Center of the Accra Sports Stadium on Monday to witness this great event.
The much-awaited Ghana Burkina Faso Rugby Clash will manifest Today Saturday 27th April 2013 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi at 3:00pm.
The International friendly match, which has been designed to help in the preparation of both teams ahead of the Confederation of African Rugby is the first to be staged in the Garden City.
This therefore creates a wonderful opportunity for the Region as other regions have wonted this opportunity for a long while. We therefore hope that the Ashanti Regional Rugby Association, and other individuals in the Region will take advantage of this prestigious event.
The Association is very grateful to Beaufort Properties Limited (A Real Estate Company, Office Located in East Legon for their wonderful gesture towards to preparation for this event.
The Senior 15s Team emerged from the ongoing 15s League and have trained for about a week ahead of this bout, and are very positive of a win for the glory of Ghana.
We urge all individuals and organizations to make their way to the Baba Yara Sports Stadium to support the Black Eagles as they press on to victory. Admission is FREE.
Our greatest gratitude goes to Gem FM, the lead media house in the promotion of this match, as well as all other supporting press and media houses.
Ghana Rugby Football Union has entered into an MOU with UK company, NMS Infrastructure Limited, to provide long term support for the Ghana national rugby team.
The agreement initially results in the provision of a part-time junior coach from the UK as well as professional rugby team kit for the national squad for the forthcoming international rugby union tournament in Niger. Longer term, NMS will work with Ghana RFU to identify a national team coach and develop a national rugby centre at University of Ghana, Legon.
“We are delighted to partner with Ghana RFU in providing much-needed support for the Ghana RFU to enable the national squad to represent their country at international level” said Frederik Hsu, Deputy Chairman of NMS.
The President of Ghana RFU, Gifty Annan Myers, said: “NMS shares our vision for the future of rugby in Ghana and we look forward to NMS joining with us as a long term partner committed to developing the sport at club and national level”.
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The Senior National 7s Rugby Team, The Black Eagles put up a spectacular show at the just ended Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) Rugby 7s competition in Lome, Togo.
The team departed Accra for Togo at about 1:00pm on Thursday 28th June 2012 and arrived at about 7:00pm at the Sege Sports Stadium in Lome, where all participating teams were camped for the tournament.
Ghana played her first match against the host nation on the morning of Friday 29th June, followed by two matches on the same day. The match against Togo ended 5 – 0 in favour of the Black Eagles, the second match which was against Togo’s second team which replaced Algeria ended 10 – 0 in favour of Ghana. Even though the Eagles scored first, they unfortunately lost to Niger in their final group game and thus finished second in Group B, which featured Togo A, Togo B Niger and Ghana.
The performance qualified the Eagles to play Burkina Faso, who placed first in Group, A which included the likes of Egypt, Benin, Mali and Burkina Faso, in the semi final game.
The Eagles triumphed over their Burkinabe counterparts by 10 points to 0 to qualify the eagles to the grand finale to be played against Niger who drew 0 – 0 against Mali in their semi final match but qualified on superior point accumulation.
After the lower ranked matches to determine positioning were played, the final match between Ghana and Niger soon took off at about 4:00pm on Saturday. The Black Eagles after a spectacular performance to the amazement of all found themselves trailing 12 – 0 after an illegal try was allowed. The Eagles managed to pull 5 points back in the second half; this was however not enough to win them the match, as it ended 12 – 5 in favour of Niger.
The Black Eagles were with these results crowned 2nd place in the overall rankings of the tournament.
It is in order to say AYEKOO to our gallant men who fought to make Ghana rugby proud, and to the coach and technical team for putting such a formidable team together.