Rugby Cranes defeat Chile, Georgia in World 7s qualifier

Rugby Cranes defeat Chile, Georgia in World 7s Qualifier
Uganda Rugby Cranes in action against Chile

Uganda Rugby Cranes showed character at the on-going 2018 World Rugby Sevens Series qualifier to win two matches against Chile and Georgia on Friday.

Coach Tolbert Onyango’s team started by picking a narrow 14-10 win over Chile in the first Group C match played at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Hong Kong.

In the second game the Rugby Cranes showed they are hungry to reach the later stages of the qualifier with a 26-10 win over Georgia.

Uganda top Group C with six points, while Japan are second with three points after they beat Georgia 26-10, but lost 19-10 to Chile. On Saturday Uganda Rugby Cranes will face Japan in the last group game before the quarter final stage.

In the Group G matches Uruguay defeated Jamaica 22-5, while Ireland registered a 41-5 win over Cook Islands. Uruguay returned for their second match to prove a point that they are a team to be taken seriously when they stopped Cook Islands 38-0, while Jamaica suffered a 26-0 defeat to Ireland.

Germany top Group F after their 14-12 win over Hong Kong and a 27-7 victory over Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe has earlier picked a 17-10 win against Papua New Guinea.

The winner of the qualifier will join some of the elite top teams in the Rugby World 7s Series like South Africa, New Zealand, England, Fiji and Kenya among others for the 2019 edition.

Before the team traveled to Hong Kong, coach Onyango told this publication that after several months of training and playing in several tournaments like the Dubai 7s, Cape Town sevens, in Germany and the Victoria Falls 7s in Zimbabwe, he was optimistic that they would deliver.