Michael Wokorach attempts a tackle Credit: Alex Cook/Dubai 7s
  • Emirates Invitational 7s: Tournament One – Day One Results
  • Game 1: Argentina 38-14 Uganda
  • Game 2: Canada 40-05 Uganda
  • Game 3: Japan 19-12 Uganda

It was a tough 42 minutes of rugby for the Uganda Men’s Sevens during Day One of the first tournament weekend at the Emirates Invitational 7s.

Three losses from three matches in the Men’s Red Pool was not the result the side envisioned to kickstart their campaign in Dubai.

A 38-14 loss against Argentina was followed by a 40-05 sweep against Canada, and then a narrow 19-12 loss to Japan.

A closer look at the results from the day indicates that Uganda lost the advantage they had in the first half after the break. Uganda led 14-12 at halftime against Argentina while it was an identical 14-05 deficit against Canada and Japan.

It is evident that the Rugby Cranes could not replicate their impressive first-half performances from the three games. This can be attributed to a disadvantage against the higher-ranked teams in the Strength & Conditioning department.

The Rugby Cranes were unable to match their opponents in contact and at the breakdown which enabled the latter to power their way to victory in the second half.

Sadly for Uganda, rugby is a game of two halves and it is the team that scores more points at the end of fourteen minutes that wins.

Head coach Tolbert Onyango will be looking to find a lasting solution as soon as possible to the physical challenge that his charges have failed to overcome on the pitch today.

Uganda’s next match is against France in the Men’s Cup Quarterfinals on Day Two.

  • Next match: Uganda vs France
  • Kickoff: 10.34 am EAT.

Ernest Akorebirungi is an amateur rugby player and a keen follower of local Ugandan rugby.

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