By Mpalanyi Ssentongo
Added 23rd March 2019 08:57 PM
A rugby duel at Kyadondo Rugby Ground was to crown the France-Uganda Friendship Week on Saturday.
The match was between a Uganda Rugby Cranes Select Team and the French Pacific Military Team. Charles Bakkabulindi, the minister of state for education and sports, was delighted to have a handshake with the players before the game got underway.
Stephanie Rivoal, the French Ambassador to Uganda, was among the high-profile officials that attended the game on a warm day.
Others were the Police's director in charge of special duties AIGP Andrew Sorowen and Uganda Olympic Committee chairman William Blick.
Here is part of the French Pacific Military Team line up.
And then the Uganda Rugby Cranes Select Team.
The French Pacific Military Team did their haka version before kickoff.
And the crowd enjoyed every bit of it.
And then the main focus of the day got underway, with the elongated ellipsoidal ball the object of interest.
This is what rugby is made of: power, speed and stamina.
Both sets of players interlocked every once in a while during the game for the scrum contest.
Uganda were the first to score a try, and led 5-0.
A flying start for the Rugby Cranes saw them cruise to a 17-0 lead. The French team jetted in Monday and have been busy, including visiting schools to pass on rugby skills to students.
Speed and power on show!
And what a way to score a try - by smiling all the way!
Then celebrating in style.
A deserved try for the Shirt-24 Cranes man.
At half-time, Cranes were leading 17-5.
It was a tug of war at Kyadondo, as the French side tried to claw back into the game.
It was an entertaining matchup under sweltering temperatures.
But there could only be one winner: Uganda. Final score: 34-18
Well done Rugby Cranes - and well played French Pacific Military Team. Great piece of professionalism.
What a way to end the France-Uganda Friendship Week!
The France-Uganda Friendship Week concludes with an entertaining rugby match between a Rugby Cranes Select Team and the French Pacific Military Team in Kampala.
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