Sport
U19 Rugby Cranes make history
Publish Date: Aug 31, 2014
U19 Rugby Cranes make history
Solomon Okias makes a spectacular try following a moment of individual brilliance. PHOTO/Mpalanyi Sentongo
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Vision Reporter

The U19 rugby Cranes defied odds to make it to CAR Tier 1A after beating Madagascar 17-8 in a thrilling encounter on Saturday.

That the memorable fete came on the back of disastrous showing by their senior side under the tutelage of Peter Magona makes it even more remarkable.

The victory puts some shine to Uganda rugby that is going through some very trying times.

Just last month the rugby Cranes were humiliated by a second string Kenya A side in the Elgon Cup when they were whipped 34-0 in Nairobi.

That humiliation came hastily on the back of Uganda's lowest moment in rugby; the relegation to CAR Tier 1C in Tunisia.

Solomon Okias beats a Madagascar player before heading for the try line. PHOTOS/Mpalanyi Sentongo

The Elgon Cup also saw the inaugural U19 competition which the Uganda lads lost to Kenya owing to nerves and inexperience; but the game lived to its billing and was in fact the only positive thing to come out of that disastrous return leg to Nairobi.

Pius Ogena made the second try for Uganda

The lads had surprised their Kenyan counterparts in the first leg in Kampala; though the victory was turned around in the second leg, the boys gave it their all and showed a lot of promise for the future of Uganda rugby.

The junior Cranes now replace Tunisia after it was relegated to Tier 1B having fallen to Namibia in the semi finals and Zimbabwe for third place playoff.

CAR Tier 1A now has Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Namibia.
 

 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Netball: She Cranes win opener
Uganda’s netball team, the She Cranes are set to continue their bid to qualify for the world cup on Tuesday as they take on Zimbabwe at the Bona in Botswana’s capital, Gaborone....
Akope fired up for Arab golf tour
After his recent Tusker Malt Uganda Open win ‘yellow boy’ Deo Akope is fired up to even do better in a series of international tournaments starting with the KCB series final in Mombasa, due September 23-26....
Massa scores but Amatuks still lose to Chiefs
Geoffrey Massa registered a scoring return to the South Africa domestic league as the University of Pretoria lost 2-1 to Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday....
Ghana sack coach Appiah, eye Rajevac for a return
Ghana's football association has announced the firing of national team coach Kwesi Appiah, ending months of speculation about the fate of the controversial coach....
Bika soccer cup holders Ngabi Nsamba knocked out
Bika soccer defending champions Ngabi Nsamba was shown exit by Mbogo after a post match penalty shoot out on Friday at Nakivubo....
Uganda Cubs will come good, says Lule
Uganda Cubs coach Matia Lule is optimistic his team will overturn the 0-2 first leg defeat to Zambia in the CAF U-17 qualifiers last Friday....
Do kingdoms deserve more benefits?
yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter