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Presidents Select "Inyatsi" play in Malelane Rugby Festival

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The Presidents Select team "InyatsiThe Swaziland Rugby Union's Presidents Select side "Inyatsi" returned home on Saturday from the Malelane Rugby Festival beaten but by no means down.  A jubilant Inyatsi Coach, Steve Reynolds said he was very happy with the team's performance against a strong Komatipoort First team. 

 

 

We have been training together for three weeks now and the improvement in the player's skills is unbelievable.  The whole training squad have been totally committed at every practice and all their hard work is paying off, said Reynolds. The team knows it has areas it needs to work on and all the players have promised their full commitment to working on these areas of weakness, added Reynolds.

The game kicked off at 2pm on Saturday on a perfect pitch but in thirty degrees heat.  From the kick off the Swazi's took the game to the more experienced Komatipoort side.  The Komatipoort team used their big forward pack who outweighed the Swazi's by two hundred kilograms, to good effect. Scrums were a nightmare for Inyatsi, but they held their own and didn't make it easy for the bigger Komatipoort side. Fifteen minutes into the game Inyatsi were up 7-5 after a well worked attackwhich saw Jude Gilbert put Malindi Dlamini into space and over the try line. Dlamini converted his own try.  At the halftime whistle Komatipoort had managed to run in two tries converting one and kicked a penalty to make the score 15-7.

At the start of the second half Komatipoort managed to run over a try from the kick off which momentarily stunned the Inyatsi players, but not for long.  Inyatsi countered and Malindi Dlamini scored his second try under the posts and converted.  Five minutes later Maswazi Dlamini was put into space again by Jude Gilbert and Dlamini made no mistake in dotting down the ball under the posts, which Malindi Dlamini converted. At 21-20 to Inyatsi and the game came to life.  The Inyatsi backline were unstoppable and it was only through hard heroic defence by Komatipoort that kept Inyatsi from running in more tries to seal the match.  However, Komatipoort then kept the ball in their big forwards and used them to batter the Inyatsi defence which eventually collapsed to allow Komatipoort to run in three more tries and convert one. The final score, 37-21 in favour of Komatipoort.  The Swazi's ever graciious in defeat clapped the Komatipoort side off the field much to the delight of the large crowd.Theo Viljoen breaking the lineMalindi Dlamini scoring his second tryJude Gilbert "handing off"The lineout