Some of the Rugby Cranes players after the Elgon Cup defeat to Kenya last year at Legends Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

Trial Game: Kabras 16-05 Uganda

[/media-credit] Some of the Rugby Cranes players after the Elgon Cup defeat to Kenya last year at Legends. Rugby Cranes second string side lost to Kabras Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

For a team that will be facing off with the cream of African Rugby starting next month, losing to a weakened Kabras Sugar represents a far-from ready side.

Kenyan outfit, Kabras fielded a second string side but still managed to come from behind and defeat Rugby Cranes 16-05 in Kakamega on Wednesday evening.

Both sides fielded second string sides. Ivan Kirabo, Jone Kubu, Malik Habil, Johnstone Mungao, Lekima Kuidraki and Steve Ochieng were the first team players involved. Ugandan rested their stars, including ace Philip Wokarach.

Never materialized Uganda started the stronger of the two sides and Solomon Okia touched down to hand them the lead early in the game.

Kabras’ Fijian import Suli Tavodi responded with a try of his own as the Kenyan side occupied the driving seat. Jone Kubu missed the conversion.

Ugandan scrumhalf Ivan Kirabo came on for the Kenyan side after the restart and he had the chance to show his presence infront of assistant coach Robert Sseguya.

Ivan Chirabu slotted home from the penalty after Jone Kubu was tackled high. He added another one soon after but spurned a chance to maintain his immaculate kicking record by sending his third penalty wide.

The last quarter of the game was all about the visitors as they tried to breach the home defence through hard carries close to the latter’s try line but it never materialized.

The two sides will lock horns again on Saturday in Uganda’s final game of the visit. Sseguya earlier revealed that the last game would feature his strongest team as he looks to assess the various players’ performances ahead of the final team selection.

Starting Lineup on Wednesday: Santos Ssenteza, Joseph Tamale, Collins Kimbowa, Robert Aziku, Arthur Mpade, Eliphaz Emongo, John Wandicho, Ronald Musajjagulanyago, Paul Epilu, Aaron Ofoyrwoth, Ramathan Govule, Gerald Ssewankabo, Pius Ogena, Solomon Okia and Fred Odur

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