Cranes relishing Welwitchia clash
Ugandan rugby team, the Cranes are relishing a clash with the Welwitchias according to Ugandan print. The match, scheduled in two weeks time sees the two teams go to battle in their Rugby Afrique Tier 1 clash.
Rugby Cranes assistant team captain Michael Wokorach believes they learnt enough during the 10-day training in South Africa and they will give Ugandans fans value for their money in the upcoming game against Namibia.
The Rugby Cranes host Namibia on 2 July at Kyadondo Rugby Club in the Rugby Africa tier 1A match before facing Zimbabwe in Harare on 16 July and climax the campaign against Kenya in Nairobi on 30 July in a game that will also double as the Elgon Cup return leg. South African coach John Duncan is also optimistic that his side can upset Namibia.
“We are sharpening on our attacking, stealing the balls in racks and the defence on how to stop mauls which the opponents are likely to use,” Duncan said. The Rugby Cranes are ranked 10th while Namibia, Zimbabwe and Kenya are second, third and fourth in Africa respectively.
But, the two trial games played by the team in South Africa have left key players doubtful for the team’s first game against Namibia. Team captain Brian Odong is nursing a hip injury while his assistant Michael Wokorach is undergoing therapy after complicating his spinal cord in the team’s first friendly with the Cheetahs U-21 side, while Elijah Ssegawa and Saul Kivumbi are the other injured players.
The Rugby Cranes spent nine days in South Africa and played two trial games against the Cheetahs U-21 side and the Bloemfontein Police RFC and Wokorach is confident the side will be up to the task come July.
“The trip to South Africa helped us because some of the players had not played in such an environment before,” according to the report.