BY GRACE LINDSAY MBABAZI
In the initial stages of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series, Uganda faced formidable challenges, marking a testing start for both the Lady Rugby Cranes and the Men’s Sevens Team.
The Lady Rugby Cranes, in their inaugural appearance in the Challenger Series, experienced a narrow defeat against Belgium with a final score of 7-5. Sandra Lona’s try was a shining moment in an otherwise close contest.
Shifting focus to the Men’s Sevens, Uganda encountered a tough match against Germany, concluding with a scoreline of 19-5. Roy Kizito’s try showcased the team’s determination, but a noted lapse in concentration acknowledged by Head Coach Tolbert Onyango contributed to the setback.
Coach Onyango remains optimistic, recognizing the opportunity for redemption in the upcoming clash against Kenya. He expressed,
“A challenging start for us as we conceded 19 points. The first half showed promise with a tight score of 7-5, but a lapse in concentration proved costly. Despite the setback, we see an opportunity for redemption in the next game against Kenya.”
Despite the initial challenges, the team is geared up for a physical battle, with Coach Onyango emphasizing the role of the players in determining the outcome.
Looking forward, the rugby saga continues as the Lady Cranes prepare to face Thailand in the women’s category, while the Men’s Team gears up for a compelling matchup against neighboring Kenya later this evening. Stay tuned for the unfolding drama and the resilient spirit of Uganda’s rugby journey.