Lawrence Ssebuliba of Uganda is tackled during day two of the Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens - HSBC Sevens World Series match between South Africa and Uganda Credit:
Lawrence Ssebuliba of Uganda is tackled during day two of the Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens – HSBC Sevens World Series match between South Africa and Uganda Credit:

Rugby Cranes performance in Dubai

Group Stage:

South Africa 46-00 Uganda

USA 29-07 Uganda

Scotland 35-14 Uganda

Day Two

Samoa 27-19 Uganda

Japan 19-26 Uganda

Canada 20-17 Uganda

After a 46-00 hammering by eventual champions South Africa in their first game at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, the Rugby Cranes grew into the tournament and picked up descent results to mark their debut at the event.

The first game exposed the side as they struggled to do the simplest of things against South Africa, a side most of the players had only managed to watch on television before the tournament.

The Cape Town Circuit, slated for this weekend in South Africa, gives Uganda yet another chance to win a few hearts at the big stage.

Philip Wokorach, who has already earned the respect of many at the event, will still be the man to watch.

The other Wokorach, Michael, the most experienced player on the team, is yet to make his presence felt and will have to do better in Cape Town to push the team forward.

The team lost 46-00 to South Africa before a 29-07 loss to USA in the second game of the group.

Uganda had led 07-05 at half time with Wokorach scoring and converting but they ran out of legs to give USA the green light.

The 35-14 defeat by Scotland marked the end of Uganda’s group games and confirmed that the Africa Cup champions would have to wait until the next event to win their first ever group game at this stage.

The dismal day one performance meant that Uganda were left with trying to finish in a better position than 16th, their entry position at the start.

Day two started with a 27-19 loss to Samoa and it was yet another indicator of a side improving every after a game.

The moment finally came. Uganda defeated Japan 26-19 with Philip Wokorach masterminding the success. Byron Oketayot and Lawrence Ssebuliba crossed the white line too as Uganda registered a historic win.

Uganda will now face off with Wales, Scotland and Samoa in Pool C in South Africa.

The side already lost to Scotland and Samoa but will have positives to pick from the two losses while Wales is the only new opponent at the group stages.

Uganda go into the Cape Town event as seed 14 having finished ahead of Russia and Japan in Dubai.

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