Uganda Lady Rugby Cranes sealed a 36-17 victory against Zambia when they faced off in the opening game of the Rugby Africa (RA) Women’s Cup qualifier, Pool B at Mutesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku.
Angela Nanyonjo scored a 15th minute try for Uganda and Charlotte Mudoola converted a conversion to make it 7-0.
After a few minutes later team captain leader Peace Lekuru was fouled and Mudoola successfully converted a penalty to give Rugby Cranes’ a 10-0 advantage.
Zambia committed a number of errors as the game went on and Uganda benefited with penalty conversions.
The visitors came back strongly and scored try Zambia scored a try. But Mudoola later scored a try and converted. Te two teams scored more tries as Uganda eventually won 36-17.
Speaking after the game Zambia team captain Sithembile Kasawala said her team will have to change their game plan in their last fixture against Kenya if they are to remain competitive. “We shall change the game plan since our game plan didn’t work out today,” she added.
Uganda’s Lekuru commended her teammates for following their coach’s guidelines which she believes helped them overcome Zambia. “We played what coach told us to play,” she added.
Lady Rugby Cranes came into the game with eight uncapped players. Although team head Coach Leonard Lubambula said they made a few errors because of inexperience.
Lubambula told URN that they will go back and prepare better for the match against Kenya. whom he says usually wants to capitalize on their mistakes. He says his next assignment is to eradicate all the mistakes done in this fixture against Zambia.
After today’s game, the Lady Rugby Cranes will rest for at least three days before they return to action against Kenya on Saturday. The winner of this pool advances to the next phase of the World Cup qualification.
The tournament is the first phase of the Rugby Women’s 15s Rugby World Cup qualifiers for Africa. At this stage there are 12 teams split into 4 pools, A, B, C, and D, that play a single round-robin. Only Pool winners will advance to the subsequent round of qualifiers, which will be held in 2023.
Apart from Pool A whose games were played in June 2022 due to South Africa’s participation in the world cup. The remaining pool games are still taking place in other various countries.