Rugby Cranes in record victory

By Charles Mutebi

Added 16th July 2017 07:53 PM

Wokorach helped himself to three of Uganda’s 12 tries

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Wokorach helped himself to three of Uganda’s 12 tries

Rugby Africa Gold Cup
Uganda 78 Tunisia 17
Phillip Wokorach led a cast of great performances as Uganda smacked Tunisia 78-17 in the Africa Rugby Gold Cup Saturday at Legends.
Wokorach helped himself to three of Uganda’s 12 tries and added eight conversions to finish with 31 points and the man-of-match accolade.

Charles Uhuru (two tries), Brian Odongo, Ivan Magomu, James Odongo, Pius Ogena, Michael Okorach and half centurions Alex Mubiru, Mathias Ochwo also got in on the massive try-feast. Kevin Makmot also got two points, after Wokorach handed him the baton for the conversion of Uganda’s final try.

Few would have seen this dominance of Tunisia coming before the tournament started but the Cranes snatched their first victory over Tunisia in three meetings came with a combination of sleek passing, sharp movement and some efficient work at the line-outs from the celebrated Ochow and Mubiru combo. 

As anticipated, this Tunisian team were no match for their hosts, who opened the floodgates very early on with Wokorach’s 1oth minute try. Tunisian rugby is not in its finest hour, with their first team having gone on strike against the Tunisian Rugby Federation, leaving their young understudies to be thrown into the fiery cauldron of the Gold Cup.

The victory, Uganda’s biggest on record, was the perfect build-up for Saturday’s daunting battle with Namibia.

“Namibia is a different game and we will prepare for it but now I am happy with win,” said Rugby Cranes coach John Duncan post-match. “Scoring 78 points in a game is never easy.”

The win maintained Uganda's unbeaten record in the Gold Cup, which includes one draw and two wins. 

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