Saturday, September 29, 2012

TEST RUGBY IN AFRICA: Swaziland Host Botswana

Botswana v Swaziland in Manzini (Friendly)

Venue: Mavuso Sports Centre

Referee: Lourens Van Der Merwe (South Africa)

Botswana won against Swaziland earlier in the year by a wide margin and it’s difficult to see a different result this time around. Botswana have the advantage of playing in a CAR tournament since that encounter whereas Swaziland hasn’t.

Previous Encounters
30.06.2012 Botswana 69-3 in Gaborone (Friendly)
17.05.2008 Botswana 25-7 in Gaborone (WCQ Africa South, Pre-Qualif.)
19.07.2007 Botswana 46-0 in Gaborone (CAR Trophy South, Group B)
23.04.2005 Botswana 19-12 in Gaborone (WCQ Africa Round 1A, South)
04.09.2004 Botswana 25-22 in Gaborone (CAR Div.2, South)

These two teams first met in a rugby test match in 1998; Botswana winning 23-8. Swaziland has never defeated Botswana. They came close in 2002 with a 10-10 draw.

GWC Rugby Rankings
Africa Table-Botswana 10th, Swaziland 27th

IRB Ranking Points
Botswana 38.65, Swaziland 35.63

Prediction: Botswana by 25 points

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