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Uganda weathers second half storm to beat Morocco

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In the second game of the day in the Rugby Africa Gold Cup, Uganda had to wait out a Moroccan second half storm to mark their second win of this year’s edition.

Contrary to the game against Tunisia, Uganda went at Morocco from the first whistle and were awarded a penalty after an infringement form Morocco. Phillip Wokorach got the first points of the game with the kick. Not before long, Pius Ogena broke the line and raced to the try area to score the game’s first try, which Phillip Wokorach converted. Morocco weren’t about to watch Uganda run past them and they were in a minute later with a try of their own through Azelamd, bring the score to 10-07. The rest of the first half was a Uganda blitz as Phillip Wokorach would score two more penalties on top of converting tries scored by Micheal Okorach and returning flyhalf, Ivan Magomu to end the half with a commanding 30-07 lead.

Phillip Wokorach with a penalty

Morocco were on the hunt in the second half, owing the territory and all possession and their visits to Uganda’s areas were rewarded with two tries through Amranoui and Jnaoui. Phillip WOkorach interrupted the Moroccan broadcast with a penalty for Uganda but the visitors were back again with a try through Bachar in the center side of the try area. As if that was not enough, the visitors slotted in penalty to take the game to 33-29. With time elapsing, Ivan Magomu found Pius Ogena in space again, offloaded to him and the inside center raced towards the try line to score Uganda’s first try of the second half. Phillip Wokorach added the extras. In familiar fashion, Solomon Okia raced from Uganda’s 22, as was the case last week, running past 4 defenders to score in the middle, right below the posts. Philip conversion meant that Uganda would win 47-29.

Pius Ogena was voted man of the match.

Uganda are very well guaranteed survival with that win and now wait to host Zimbabwe in their last game of this year’s Gold Cup.

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