The Uganda Rugby Cranes will compete in next year’s Confederation of African Rugby Sevens Olympic qualifiers against 7 other African nations after finishing 6th in the weekend’s 2014 CAR 7s at the Prince Edward School in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The Rugby Cranes joined South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tunisia,Namibia, Madagascar and Senegal to vie for one of the three slots next year, set aside for the African continent in 2016’s summer Olympics Sevens in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

The Ugandan side lost to Namibia 05 – 19 in the plate final after edging Madagascar 19-12 in the semi finals. Cranes lost only two matches, and won three in the group stages.

The most significant was the 28-10 triumph against Kenya (Shujaa), who finished tournament’s second overall. The Rugby Cranes emerged victorious depicting an immense improvement and experience the outfit has gained despite being denied bowl Competition finals’ slot by Canada in this years Commonwealth Rugby Sevens that took center stage in Glasgow.

South Africa won the competition, finishing first overall with their second string side that concluded unbeaten, beating Kenya’s Shujaa in the final 38-5.

Featuring seasoned veterans such as Chris Dry and Steven Hunt, South Africa underlined their strength in depth ahead
of the upcoming rounds of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Dubai and South Africa.

Uganda’s Results

Group stages
Uganda 36-07 Ivory Coast
Uganda 21-26 Namibia
Uganda 12-19 Zimbabwe
Uganda 14-12 Kenya Uganda 28-10 Nigeria

Semi Finals
Uganda 19-12 Madagascar

Plate Final
Uganda 05-19 Namibia

Pool A standings: 1. South Africa (academy), 2.Tunisia, 3. Madagascar, 4. Senegal, 5. Zambia, 6. Botswana

Pool B standings: 1.Kenya (Shujaa), 2.Zimbabwe, 3.Namibia, 4.Uganda, 5.Nigeria, 6.Ivory Coast

Final ranking CAR Sevens

1. South Africa (academy)
2. Kenya (Shujaa)
3. Zimbabwe
4. Tunisia
5. Namibia
6. Uganda
7. Madagascar
8. Senegal
9. Zambia
10. Botswana
11. Nigeria
12. Ivory Coast

Deputy Editor at Kawowo Sports. He is an aspiring Sport Psychologist.

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