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Rugby Africa: All eyes on Kyadondo as Uganda prepares for Tunisia

It is back to work for the rugby cranes team in this year’s Gold Cup as the competition resumes in 10 days. Cranes face the hurdle to breathe life into their campaign as they sit comfortably at the bottom of the log of 6 teams, without a single point, even though they have played two games.

The cranes were on the unlucky end of a 55-06 scoreline in Namibia with a rather depleted and no-where-close-to-full-strength squad. Nairobi was no different scenario as the Cranes second half surge was no where close to leveling up to Kenya’s magnanimous first half, in a game where Uganda lost work horse and back-rower Marvin Odong to injury, again.

Uganda has always had reputable levels of success at Kyadondo rugby club and it so happens all three home games of the Cranes this year will be at the Lugogo stadium. Tunisia will be the first visitors this August on the 4th with Morocco being the guests a week later. Zimbabwe will the last team to visit Uganda at Kyadondo in this year’s competition.

Uganda ran riot against Tunisia last year at Legends and have to replicate that form again at Kyadondo if the Cranes are to vacate the bottom of the league position. Tunisia got the better of Zimbabwe in Monastir in a very controversial game week as regards logistics, but were also 118-00 losers against table topping Namibia. Unlike Uganda, Tunisia do have some points on the board and a win in Uganda will go a long way to prove and solidify their status in the Gold Cup.

Uganda were a spectacle to watch for the greater part in the sevens world cup and the local fans will be more than glad to welcome back the San Francisco stars, and have them feature for the 15s side. Other than hat-trick hero Timothy Kisiga and 20 year old Desire Ayera, the other 10 players have featured for the 15s side and will be looking to get a run out against the North Africans and be able to show case their increased levels of international experience.

 

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