Baby Cranes targeting Kenya scalp to avoid relegation (Daily Monitor (Uganda))


The U-19 national rugby side left Uganda for Zimbabwe last Sunday to take part in the Rugby Africa 1A, with staying in the top tier as their biggest priority.

A 49-12 defeat to Namibia on Wednesday was not the start they hoped for, but they still have a chance to keep their spot in 1A when they take on Kenya this afternoon at St. George Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe. “We watched Kenya take on Zimbabwe in the other game but they are too slow. They might be bigger but we can beat them with pace,” said coach Dennis Etuket.

Uganda will be without Harunah Muhammed and Paul Epilo, who were given matching orders against Namibia. But there will be no panic in camp because there is enough depth in the squad.
Etuket also needs his side to clean up on the school boy errors that cost them the game against Namibia. Indecisive play on many occasions haunted his side.

“We missed up to five tries against Namibia as the boys were always going for the wrong options whenever they got to the opposition’s 22 and five,” added Etuket.

“They therefore have to limit such errors if we are to beat Kenya. We must avoid relegation to 1B.” Namibia play Zimbabwe in the final.