Uganda Promoted To Tier 1A Africa Rugby Championship

Uganda Rugby Cranes have qualified for the Tier 1A Africa Rugby Championship after defeating Botswana 59-10 at Kyandodo Rugby Grounds on Saturday.

Man of the match, Micheal Wakorach in action
Man of the match, Micheal Wakorach in action

The Rugby Cranes entered into the game against Botswana in need of a bonus point to ensure their slot to the top flight.

Michael Wokorach the  day’s man of the match won Uganda the opening try with Kevin Makmot converting the other to give Uganda an early 7-0 lead.

Industrious Ronald Musajjagulyango stretched the lead, before Justin Kimono set his history after scoring his first try of the tournament.

Lawrence Ssebuliba playing at the blind wing, took the advantage from Wokorach’s brilliant pass to repeat the same questions at a then faltering Botswana side.

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For Botswana, the first half came to end with only scoring a penalty to make the scoreboard read 38-03.

The second half saw Olouch taking advantage of John Wandicho individual effort to accord his second try.

Meanwhile Kevin Makmot continued to race from where he had stopped in the first half as he was the answer on a number of occasions.

In the dying minutes of the game, Uganda’s head Coach John Duncan replaced Cyrus Wathum with Alex Mubiru while Captain Brian Odong paved way for Asuman Mugerwa. .

Botswana managed to find their way to the line with skipper Alter converting the try to send it to 52-10.

In the last minutes, it was an affair for Davis and Injongat who touched the line and sent the score to 59-10.

Uganda has now replaced Tunisia who were relegated to tier 1B last week.

The last time Uganda got promoted to Tier 1A was in 2002, and got relegated in 2013.