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Dvokolwako High take TOP16 2014 title

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Dvokolwako High players lifting the TOP16 2014 trophyDvokolwako High were crown TOP16 2014 champions on Saturday after beating their closest neighbours in a thrilling final played at the Enjabulweni sports field in Manzini.



The eight schools making it through to this years final were. Lamawandla, Nkiliji, Mliba, Lomahasha, Ngwane Park, St John Bosco, Dvokolwako and Osuthu Methodist. All eight schools deserved their place in this years TOP16 final having come played hard games through the two pool stages of the tournament. Last years winners, Mananga College were unable to defend their title this year, thus leaving the tournament wide open for all to claim.

Dvokolwako played Mliba in the first semi final of the day. Both sides had done well to get to the semi final, so the game was anyones to take. Deadlocked at five all at halftime, it did seem as we were to go into extra time. However, the second half saw the speedsters from Dvokolwako make their mark running in three tries in thr dying minutes of the game. Final score, Mliba 5 v Dvokolwako 20.

The second semi final had surprise team Ngwane Park take on Lamawandla. Again it was a slow game with both teams not wanting to attack and take the game. Another five all deadlock at halftime didn't seem to please the large crowd. Final score, Ngwane Park 5 v Lamawandla 10.

The scene was set for what everyone hoped was going to be a fast and furious end to the TOP16 2014 7's and both teams came out firing. The ball was run from every corner of the field by both sides. Due to the speed of the game, handling errors were taking their toll and niether team converted chances into tries. Halftime score, Lamawandla 10 v Dvokolwako 10. The break gave both coaches plenty of time to speak with their players to come up with a game breaking strategy. But again, handling errors stopped the teams from scoring. In the dying minutes of the game, it was to be fitness that played it's part and good use of his substitutes by the Dvokolwako coach saw them run in three tries in two minutes to seal the game. Final score. Dvokolwako 25 v Lamawandla 10