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Sierra Leone Sports: Guinea beat Sierra Leone 26-6 in Rugby Union friendly

Sierra Leone Rugby Union national team put up a poor start in their return friendly match against the Guineans who defeated them 26-6 to claim their first and biggest victory on Sunday 11th December 2017 at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown.
The Sierra Leone side blamed poor preparation and lack of funds for their dismal performance after losing a Guinean team which they beat 8-0 earlier this year in Conakry, Guinea in the first leg of the match. Guinea played with high intensity to upset the already frustrated Sierra Leonean side who were unable to match the standard of the visitors. They exhibited spectacular performance to smash off the home team, scoring astonishing tries which increases their lead earlier in the match.
The result was disappointing, but according to the President of Sierra Leone Rugby Union, Jeremiah Pratt, they accepted the outcome for the good of the game as long as they succeed in hosting the return match, which was a huge burden on the Union.
Pratt further said some of the players blamed the referees for making unfavourable decisions against them, but as sportsmen they should learn to respect the referee’s decision.
Sierra Leone Captain, Mohamed Yansaneh confessed that losing to the Guineans was really frustrating. “It’s hard to say, but that’s the fact”, he said. He noted that it is painful to have lost to a team they can easily defeat if they have the required motivation.
The Captain mentioned that defensively they were poor and they failed to attack. This he said gives the Guineans the chance to pile pressure on them because they knew they were running out of tired legs.
“I don’t think our performance today should be used to assess us. One match cannot tell how good a player or a team is. We believe in ourselves and we will try to train hard to quickly pick up our shape for future matches”, said Yansaneh.
Guinean Suma Ishmael expressed delight for not only defeating the host in Freetown, but for overpowering them throughout the match with a stunning style of play, using their physical fitness and mental strength.
Despite winning the match, Suma confirmed that the hosts have a very strong team which was not easy to defeat, but said they need support to realize their potential as true rugby players who can compete in any competition within Africa.
It was the first international match hosted in Sierra Leone and the Union is looking forward to have more playing opportunities with other big rugby nations across the continent in the future as they hope to reach the top level.
Tuesday December 12, 2017.

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