Credit: Edgar Hamala
  • Uganda 16-22 Algeria

Algeria held on to defeat Uganda Rugby Cranes, 22-16, in the Rugby Africa Cup Pool C game played on Sunday at Kyadondo.

The Lion Cubs came into the game needing nothing short of victory to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament and they played like a team with its back on the wall.

Early pressure from the Algerians paid off and were on the board inside five minutes with Loree Mathieu converting a penalty.

Ten minutes later Algeria got their second try through Djamel who broke Rugby Cranes line to dot down and Mathieu converted for a 10-00 lead.

Brian Odongo powered over for Uganda’s response and skipper Ivan Magomu converted a penalty in front of the posts to bring the hosts to within two points (08-10).

With seven minutes to halftime, Magomu found Adrian Kasito with a quick short ball and the full back attacked the gap before shaking off the last defender to ground.

It took Algeria five minutes to restore their lead with Nadir and the end of a lineout-plus-maul. The conversion was short and the Lion Cubs were 15-13 up at the break.

After the break, Algeria camped in Rugby Cranes territory and would extend their lead from another lineout-plus-maul with Reda at the end of it. Mathieu added the extras for a 22-13 lead.

With 30 minutes to play Maxwell Ebonga took over the kick-for-goal duties and with his first attempt brought the Cranes to within a converted try. His second had the power but not direction.

Algeria held on the rest of the way to secure the win that sealed their place in the quarterfinals as Pool C runners-up at the expense of Ghana behind leaders Uganda.

Algeria will face Senegal while Uganda will take on Kenya in the quarterfinals next year.

Franklin Kaweru is the Editor in Chief of Kawowo Sports. He is an ardent basketball enthusiast.

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