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Tuesday 16 October 2018, 17:21 pm.
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Vultures Reign Supreme

The national rugby team, Vultures, have once again hoisted the national flag high in front of home supporters when they trounced Swaziland 25-7 in an electrifying 2011 World Cup pre-qualifier played at UB Stadium on Saturday.
By Staff Writer Wed 17 Oct 2018, 00:04 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Vultures Reign Supreme








The Vultures have in recent years turned the UB Stadium into a slaughter house and it was not surprising to see them showing no mercy to the Swazis despite a tough first half. 

The victory means that the Vultures are now through to the qualifiers and made up the final composition of 12 teams. They joined Pool D, which comprises Uganda and Madagascar.

The Vultures will be expected to make use of another home ground advantage when they lock horns with Uganda on June 14 in Gaborone. Swaziland on the other hand will join Castel Beer competition, which will be held in 2009. Swaziland gave a good account of themselves in the first half and left the Vultures little room for manoeuvre. But the high-flying Vultures came from the half time inspired and managed to get three tries through the evergreen Mooketsi Mooketsi, Ryan Oshaunessy and J.J. Harries. Harries who made his debut for the senior national team came on the second and showed that he is one for the future.

The other points came through a penalty by Hugo Botha as well as a convention by Eddie Oosterhuizen. Swaziland only managed to get one try through Mangaliso Gina and a convention by Lindelwa Dlamini.

Vultures' coach Gareth Gilbert said they did not have an ideal start but hailed his charges for showing character in the second half. He added that now that they are through to the qualifiers, they would have to

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work harder to get everything on track.

He indicated that the difference between them and Swaziland was the bench. "We had depth in the bench and the players who came on in the second half really lifted our game," he said.

He conceded that they missed many kicks, adding that they will have to be ready by the time of the qualifiers.

He pointed out that while Harries had a good game coming from the bench, he could not throw him into the deep end especially since it was his first cap. He thanked supporters for rallying behind the team, something he described as "amazing".  

Meanwhile, Swaziland's coach Steve Reynolds said he was impressed by his players' character in the first half. "They stuck to the game plan, which was to take the game to the Vultures but unfortunately in the second half, they looked a bit tired.

"There were lapses here and there in the second half," he said. He added that he told his players to give everything they had, adding that they did exactly that. Reynolds revealed that he has only been with the Swaziland team for about four weeks after arriving from United Kingdom (UK).

"I did not know anything about the Vultures before this game," he added. He added: "I have no complaints about the referee (Jacky Husselman). I think he had a very good game. He missed some of the things but honestly you cannot see everything."

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