Zimbabwe sables were too strong, going on to defeat the Uganda Rugby Cranes in their own turf in Kampala in the Victoria Cup to make it two wins in a row.
Zimbabwe Sables ran in 5 tries and three conversions, while the Rugby Cranes could only manage two of their own on the evening.
The Sables opened the game with ruthlessness scoring with just 32 seconds on the clock through Kumadiro but skipper Mudariki couldn’t make it a perfect score. He was later on the good side when he converted Aiden Bernet’s try only four minutes later to give the Zimbabwe Sables a 12-00 lead. Takudzwa Kumadiro was back again over the whitewash for the Sables scoring his brace and Zimbabwe’s third. Mudariki’s perfect kick made it 19-00. Philip Wokorach got Uganda back into the game scoring three penalties and a drop goal to cut Zimbabwe’s lead to 19-12 at half time.
Uganda started the second half stronger scoring a try through Desire Ayera and Philip Wokorach converting. Just as Uganda got into the game, a lapse in concentration gave McNabe all the time out wide to score a try and put Zimbabwe in the lead. It was the Sables who scored again, this time through Shayne Makombe with Mudariki’s kick pushing their lead to 31-19. Desire Ayera was over again for Uganda and Philip Wokorach’s kick cut the chase to 26-31. That would be the final score in the game, as the referee called time on the game.
Zimbabwe’s Hilton Mudariki was announced Man Of The Match after inspiring all Sables attacks.
“We are up against an equally good opponent and I am glad our plan of choking their attack weapons worked in our favor,” remarked Mudariki.
After the Sables did defeat the Cranes, the Ugandan side remain winless in this year’s Victoria Cup with the Zimbabwe contingent on 2 wins out of 2 games. Uganda’s next game is a home fixture against Zambia at Kyadondo Rugby Club on Saturday 10th August, 2019.