Grace Auma Credit: Denise Namale for Uganda Rugby Union/TW
  • Rugby Africa Women’s 7s 2023 – Round One
  • Result: Uganda 12-05 Tunisia

Grace Auma has wasted no time before showcasing her skills at the 2023 Rugby Africa Women’s 7s in Monastir, Tunisia.

The fleet-footed playmaker scored two tries as Uganda beat hosts Tunisia, 12-05, in the opening match on Saturday morning at Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet.

In the first half…

And in the second half…

Auma is one of, if not the, most skilled rugby player in Uganda; an ability gained from years of experience at the top of the game. And despite being lightweight, she is able to work her way past opponents using her pace and side-steps.

The two tries are perfectly identical to tries Auma scored for her local club Black Pearls during the Uganda national Nile Special Rugby 7s Series. Recall when she beat the defence for pace twice to win the Tooro 7s Cup final.

In the first half…

And in the second half…

Thus, Auma has inspired Uganda to a successful upset of the hosts, having lost to them during the bronze medal match in last year’s edition in Jemmal, Tunisia.

Auma’s intention, and Uganda’s as a whole, is to get a favourable rank in the pool of death with Tunisia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. At that level, with all teams watching and analysts reviewing every second of footage, she will need to innovate and adapt smartly as the tournament progresses.

Uganda’s next match will be against South Africa at 2.06 p.m. EAT.

Ernest Akorebirungi joined Kawowo Sports in July 2019 after one year as a student volunteer at the Makerere University Games Union. In his role as rugby correspondent, he offers unique insight and analysis...

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