The 2021 Origins Cup organised by the Rugby League Federation Ghana(RLFG) will witness the last round on Sunday, September 19, 2021, at the Mensah Sarbah Field, University of Ghana (UG), Legon. The aim of the three-game tournament which started on September 5, is to select the best players out of the two teams GIWA-MCNEIL XIII and SAFI XIII into the Ghana National Rugby League Team.
This year’s Origins Cup comprises males and females representing the GIWA-MCNEIL XIII and SAFI XIII teams. Game one, which was played at Ajax Park at UG saw the GIWA-MCNEIL XIII defeating SAFI XIII 8-0 to end the male category in the rain.
The ladies on the other hand, after series of to initiate them into the full-contact sport, took their turn in their first-ever full contact rugby league game. They played a nine-a-side game which ended 8-4 in the favor of the SAFI team.
Game two of the Origins Cup was held at the Mensah Sarbah Field at UG.
Like game one, the ladies played their second full-contact game where the GIWA-MCNEIL team avenged their earlier loss. The game ended 8-0 as the SAFI team was unable to respond before the final whistle. The men’s category was keenly contested as both teams did not want to lose. The game ended in a stalemate of eight (8) all.
General Manager of the Federation, Jafaru Awudu Mustapha expressed his excitement watching the players again after a long break from the 2021 Clubs Championship.
“Origins Cup has given us the second chance to have a look at some wonderful lads that graced our fields during the Championship”. Mr Mustapha said.
The General Manager also acknowledged the dedication and commitment of players in the ongoing Origins Cup and wished them well.
“I see dedication, the zeal to work hard and give their all to represent Ghana at the highest level. I must commend all players for being in their best form and may the merited players be selected”, Mustapha said.
Come Sunday, September 19, 2021, both male and female teams will go at each other again in their last games to win the first edition of the Origins Cup. The kick-off is at 2 pm at the Mensah Sarbah field at UG. The match will also be streamed live on Facebook (Rugby League Federation Ghana).