Uganda put on a show with a 52-00 win over Ghana in their game in the 2019 Barthes Tournament at Kyadondo Rugby Club on Friday evening with the twins Kato Nicholas and Wasswa Jeremiah on a day out.
Uganda scored 8 tries, 4 in each half on the road to the 52-00 win against no score from the Ghana side.
Warriors Richrad Kinyai opened the scoring for Uganda with a penalty before the tries started pouring in. A beautiful backline sequence ended in Kato Nicholas’s hands and the winger scored the first try of the game. He went on to register a first half hat-trick, with Uganda’s fourth in the first half coming from his older brother Wasswa Jeremiah to send Uganda into the break, leading 25-00.
Ghana came back from the break with more determination but again, it was Kinyai who opened the scoring with a penalty. The try floodgates opened again with winger Mark Osuna taking the reigns from Kato Nicholas to score Uganda’s first in the second half. Three more tries ran in, at the hands of Desire Ayera, Samuel Tugabirwa and Dan Kisakye.
Uganda’s and Black Pirates’s back-rower Desire Ayera was voted man of the match for his hand in defense, carries and topping it up with a try in Uganda’s majestic win.
“It has been a very good game against an opponent who had proven stubborn. I am happy for the win and that we stuck to what the coaches told us,” said Man Of The Match desire Ayera.
About his first appearance on the national scene, Desire said, “I believe these are baby steps and everyone has to start somewhere.”
Uganda’s last game will be against Zambia on Sunday in a do or die finale with the winner earning promotion to Tier 1B.
“I am happy for the win, and glad for the boys. They did their country proud,” said a happy coach Leonard Lubambula of Uganda.
“Thus tournament has been a wonderful experience and I am certain the boys have done a lot of learning. I am glad for them,” said Ghana’s coach.