We all remember on Saturday 24th November when the Rugby 7s Cranes sealed a mega win over Namibia to claim Africa’s most prestigious 7s title. They also instantly pushed through a qualification on the repechage ticket, to play in the World Series at the Dubai 7s, the biggest stage of 7s rugby in the world. All that came to pass, and today they play their maiden game, amidst plenty of criticism and expectation.
The Cranes are seeded in Pool D against the more experienced 7s sides of USA, Scotland and South Africa, a group many look at as very formidable. They will march out in the first fixture against traditional giants South Africa, to face the swift feet of players like Seabelo Senatla and Cecil Africa as a welcome. They will then play USA and finally Scotland.
However, the Cranes are a young team, with enough energy and vibrancy to put up a good performance always. At the African stage, the youthful players like Adrian Kasiito and Al Hajji Manano put in a noteworthy showing that saw them win against stronger and bigger sqauds like Namibia. Many fans believe that even if it looks too hard, the Cranes may still snatch a win or two.
The team is already in Dubai, acclimatizing and gearing up for the challenge tomorrow. Fans back home are geared up to support, however much the challenge looks too gigantic to take down. All games will be live on Supersport 1 on DSTV, starting from 9:05 am.