• Ghana 00-52 Uganda
Franklin Kaweru | Kawowo Sports Nicholas Kato (Photo: Don Phil Mugabi via Kratos Rugby)

Uganda’s U20 side got off to a flying start in Group C of the Barthes Cup with a 52-00 win over Ghana in a one-sided encounter played at Kyadondo Rugby Ground on Friday.

The hosts started on the front foot forcing Ghana into conceding multiple penalties. It was not long before they chose to go for points after failing to break the Ghanaians early. Richard Kinyai gave Uganda a 03-00 lead and it was the start of the dominant outing for the Baby Rugby Cranes.

The Ugandans went on the attack again and put together a few phases before opted to go out wide with a sequence of passes to Nicholas Kato who touched down at the corner. Kinyai missed conversion but the lead was 08-00.

Ghana then put Uganda under pressure for nearly 10 minutes with the hosts struggling to clear the lines. However, from a scrum, the hosts found some space on the right. Skipper and flyhalf Josiah Sempeke kicked through and Jeremiah Wasswa picked it up to score Uganda’s second try at the corner. Kinyai’s conversion was short.

The Ugandan youngsters were at it again with Wasswa selling dummies and scored at the corner to extend the lead 18-00 as Sempeke’s conversion short.

Nicholas Kato (the twin brother to Wasswa) weaved through Ghanaian defence after a sequence of passes to score at the posts. Sempeke converted for a 25-00 lead that the hosts took to the halftime break.

After the break, Uganda went straight away into the attack to extend the lead. Ghana was penalised for offside and Kinyai scored the penalty for a 28-00 lead and later made way for Solomon Banaawa who also took over the kicking role.

Ghana were again forced on the defensive and tried to clear their lines. However, Philip Arthur’s clearance fell to Mark Osuna who raced back to the try line. Sempeke’s conversion went wide.

Man of the match Desire Ayera finally got over and Banaawa converted for a 40-00 lead.

As time expired Samuel Tugabirwa also went over the white chalk with Banaawa adding extras for a 47-00 before fullback Daniel Kisakyamukama caped the game.

Uganda will battle Zambia in the winner take all match on Sunday afternoon at the same ground. The winner of the game will advance to the second tier of youth rugby on the continent.

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