By RONALD CHAWE –
Arrows 6 Mufulira-A 6
MUFULIRA-A at the weekend put a huge dent in Red Arrows’National Rugby League (NRL) title defence crusade by holding them in a tough game played in Lusaka.
Hoping to finally go top of the table this year with a win over the border-town side, champions Red Arrows were hoping to overrun Mufulira-A but were shocked at the resilience and ended up feeling happy they took something out of this game.
In this rearranged Week-Eight tie played at Showgrounds in Lusaka, Arrows needed to come from behind to draw against a resurgent Mufulira-A side which had also beaten league heavyweights ‘Men At Work ‘Diggers, Green Buffaloes and Green Eagles.
Arrows had Terry Kaushiku to thank for the two points they got after he scored two penalties to cancel outDean Zulu’s two earlier penalties.
This draw sees Red Arrows move to 55points, a point belowleague leaders Kitwe Playing Fields (KPF) while Mufulira-Ajumped a position up to sneak intothe third on 52 points, four points adrift ofthe pace.
With this result, the league title in now confirmed a three-horse race with Arrows needing to dig dip to retain the title for the fourth year running.
Konkola 0 Lusaka 21
In Chililabombwe, ‘Powerhouse’ Lusaka was given a walkover win afterKonkola failed to raise a team to host them in a rescheduled Week-14 fixture.
A 21-0 win also gave Lusaka a bonus point and helped the former league winners rise to 38 points and still way off in eighth place while Konkola remained 10th with 16 points.