Friday, September 9
Samoa v Uganda
Rugby Cranes skipper Michael Wokorach has said Uganda will be out to avoid a repeat of another embarrassing defeat at the hands of Samoa when the Sevens World Cup get underway on Friday, September 9 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Uganda lost 7-45 to Samoa during the last Sevens World Cup tournament in 2018 held in San Francisco, USA. It was a preliminary round match, and incidentally the two nations will meet at the same stage on Friday in their opening game.
But Wokorach said on Thursday (September 8) that they will be out to defy the odds. “We are ready to represent the nation and come out with better results this time. We cannot afford to lose miserably to the same side,” Wokorach stated in a pre-match video recording circulated to the media.
Indeed, the Rugby Cranes, as Uganda’s national rugby team is fondly nicknamed, has made tremendous improvement since 2018 in the Sevens format of the game.
For instance, the Cranes currently hold the Africa Sevens rugby title, following their dominant display in April this year when they swept all and sundry at Kyadondo rugby club.
Furthermore, in recent international events the Cranes have performed much better. In Birmingham where Uganda participated in the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the Cranes finished tenth overall from 16 countries. While in Chile, where they played in the 2022 World Rugby Sevens Challenger series last month, the Cranes finished sixth.