Yesterday went down well for Uganda rugby fans as the national team ran riot in Kyadondo earning a comprehensive 40-11 win over Ivory Coast to start the 2015 Africa Rugby tier 1B tournament. The Sunday heat did not deter the fans from turning up in big numbers and were rewarded by an electric performance from the Rugby Cranes.
Damage was done in the first half as the Cranes scored 4 tries in 10 minutes from Micheal Wokorach, Scott Oluoch, Lawrence Ssebuliba, Ronald Musajjagulanyago and James Odong added another in the second.
More points came from three penalties and two conversions from Kevin Makmot to crown a successful evening for the hosts who looked the more hungry side throughout.
With qualification to the Tier 1A at stake, The Rugby Cranes kicked off with an impressive electric display in the first half which saw the home side piling relentless pressure on the visitors. Soon the pressure paid off as the hosts secured a penalty that was comfortably converted by Kevin Makmot kicked to grab three points as fans rallied behind the team in the first 40 exciting minutes.
That opened the flood gates as try after try saw the cranes rally to a 32-06 score by end of first half. The only an interruption came from Lo Jonathan who scored two penalties and Toure Salif who crushed over for visitor’s main consolation.
This extremely good result now puts the Cranes in pole position for qualification to tier 1A, heading to their next game against Botswana on Wednesday at Legends Rugby grounds. And should they win convincingly they advance at the expense of other countries like Madagascar who beat Botswana 36-18 in the opening game on Sunday.
In the day’s last game, Mauritius beat Senegal 42-03 to end an action packed evening.