Levis Ocen Credit: Alex Cook/Dubai 7s
  • Emirates Invitational 7s: Tournament One – Day Two
  • Game 1 (Cup QF): Uganda 07-45 France
  • Game 2 (Plate SF): Canada 38-07 Uganda
  • Game 3 (7/8th Place Playoff): Spain 19-24 Uganda

Uganda concluded a tough two-day campaign in the first tournament of the Emirates Invitational 7s with a 24-19 win against Spain in the 7/8th place playoff match.

The Rugby Cranes made amends in the final match of the weekend after a disappointing run of results. Three losses on the first day and two on the second left the usually exciting outfit with their heads bowed down.

But they were able to recover and hold off a strong Spanish comeback to put a smile on their faces at full time for the first time in the weekend.

Uganda’s Achilles heel during the weekend was the kick receipt on restart. The Rugby Cranes were unable to gain and retain possession of the ball past the first phase repeatedly which halted their attack before it could even start.

The other department where the Rugby Cranes struggled was in the contact area. The scales at the tackle both in attack and defense were tipped in the opposition’s favour due to their size and power advantage.

Nobert Okeny Credit: Alex Cook/Dubai 7s

This last-gasp win against Spain gives the Uganda Men’s Sevens a much-needed boost to their morale as they enter the second week of the training camp.

Head coach Tolbert Onyango has said that this tournament is an opportunity to test the team’s preparations for the Olympic Games Repechage in June.

“We are learning which areas to tweak to ensure we are competitive come June. No better way to learn than to play top 7s teams in the world,” he said.

The Emirates Invitational 7s will climax with the second tournament weekend on April 8-9.

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

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