On Saturday, the Western region chapter of Uganda Rugby Union organised a rugby match in the tourism city of Fort Portal, the heart of Tooro region.
The match was played between Tooro Lions and Jaguars at the Bukwali Playground. The Lions scored three tries and kicked two conversions while Jaguars scored four tries and three conversions.
This was the first competitive open-age match played in the region involving a locally based club in the recent past. The match was part of the grassroot development programs being carried out by the Western Region Rugby Development Chapter that has seen rugby spread beyond Mbarara to Kigezi region and now Tooro.
Tooro Lions was officially added to the Uganda Rugby Union list of registered clubs in September last year.
Head coach Norie Traton said that it was a build-up game towards the return-to-rugby tournament in Mbarara City coming up this month.
“This is not just a game, neither a friendly game. It is just a confidence-building game towards our upcoming tournament in Mbarara,” she said.
The return-to-rugby tournament is scheduled to be played in the tens code on March 20, 2021 at the Kakyeka Stadium in Mbarara City. Five teams from Mbarara, Bushenyi, Kabale, and Fort Portal districts are expected to take part.