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U/18’s Narrowly lose 24-21 to Botswana

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The Swaziland Rugby Unions U/18’s squad narrowly lost to Botswana in the Confederation of African Rugby U/18’s Tournament played at the Manzini Club ground in Manzini. Visitors Botswana who drove from Botswana to Swaziland showed no signs of travel fatigue and took the game to Swaziland from the whistle. Both sides played hard Rugby and it was only the courageous defending of the Swazi side that stopped the big Tswana forwards from scoring. Chances from both teams were lost due to handling errors and the heat of Manzini didn’t really help matters. The game was sitting at 21 all with four minutes to go and the Tswana’s were awarded a penalty on the 22 left of the posts. An easy kick over and Swaziland had everything to do in the dying minutes. Fast running from the Swazi backline could not penetrate the Botswana defence and the final whistle blew with the score at 24-21.

Swaziland U/18’s Coach Mark Pocock said he was happy with the team’s performance and congratulated the Botswana side for their hard running Rugby. We have a few things we need to work on before our next game, we could have won the game, but we did not take the chances we were given, added Pocock