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Rugby Africa: Magomu makes his case on return

Ivan Magomu was left out of the Rugby Cranes side that disposed of Tunisia’s Eagles of Carthage with ease and this decision was met with mixed feelings. A week later, the mercurial fly-half was brought back into the fold and he showed up.

To quote the horse (Ivan Magomu in this case), a fly-half is the engine that runs and controls the game; set up other players, create gaps and punish the opposition with extended foresight, in other words, Commander-In-Chief. With that said, it is noteworthy that he made his case heard.

Uganda crossed Morocco’s try-line five times and Ivan had a hand in each of the tries, scoring one, assisting three and setting up another.

The first try that went to inside center, Pius Ogena was as a result of Ivan Magomu attracting four Moroccan defenders to himself after dishing out three dummies to set up Pius in open space to race towards the line.

The second try to Uganda had the blessing of the returning flyhalf, after his kick fell in the way of speedster Solomon Okia, who, on meeting a Moroccan barricade offloaded to oncoming outside center Michael Wokorach to make his way to the try area and score.

Ivan Magomu prepares to offload to Pius Ogena
Photo: Eric Ndugutse

After assisting the first, and blessing the second, Magomu would get his try of the day before the game would be called into break by Rasta. On receiving the ball from Aaron Ofoiwroth off a ruck, Ivan dished out his famous dummy, then released a pass to hooker Paul Ssekate, which set the front-row onto an unfamiliar line-break. Realizing that he had bitten off more than he could chew and lacking in pace, the hooker released to a supporting Ivan and the latter ran and grounded right below the posts.

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With Uganda struggling in the second half to put significant points on the board and Morocco breathing down their necks, it was Ivan Magomu who set up Pius Ogena to pierce through Morocco’s line and head towards the try-line to score his second and Uganda’s fourth try of the day.

With time on the clock elapsed, Morocco were still chasing the losing bonus point and were almost latching onto butter fingers from the fly-half after a pass from Aaron Ofoiwroth. Ivan would recover and kick the ball into Solomon Okia’s retreating hands. Solomon Okia tore a page from his own book, turned on the afterburners, and raced from Uganda’s 22 past any Moroccan line of defense to score a try of his own.

Five tries for Uganda on the day, with the stamp of their commander-in-chief.


Watch the game’s highlight between Uganda and Morocco here


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