Rugby Africa Cup
Algeria vs Uganda
Kyadondo Rugby Grounds
Sunday, July 18 @3pm
The Rugby Cranes will be hoping to continue their fine start to the 2021 Rugby Africa Cup when they face Algeria at Kyadondo Grounds on Sunday.
Uganda got their campaign off to a good start, beating Ghana 53-12 in the first game.
It was a convincing display that saw the Cranes make eight tries.
They will be hoping for more of the same against the fast paced Algerians who conceded a late try to lose to Ghana jn their opening game.
“Our target was to win both games and that is very much still it. Said Makalama ahead of the game.
“Good we won the first game but all that is in the past now so we need to win again.
“We have done our homework on Algeria and they are a good team but we are Uganda and we have to go out their and get the job done like we have in the past.”
Uganda has been boosted by the return of former captain Asuman Mugerwa. Mugerwa will be starting after missing the win over Ghana through injury.
However, Justine Kimono is out of the game after getting injured last Saturday.
Victory for Uganda will see them seal a spot in the next phase of the competition.
The 2021 Africa Rugby Cup is a four-pool tournament featuring three teams in each pool.
The Cranes will need to be one of the top two sides so as to advance to the next qualification stage.
The next stage will be the 2022 Africa Cup where by the winner of an 8-team straight knockout competition will advance to the World Cup as Africa 1.
The runner-up will advance to the Final Qualification Tournament as Africa 2. This stage will begin with 4 quarter finals, followed by semi-finals and culminating in a final, all played out of one venue.
Qualifying for the World Cup begun with a round robin tournament between Burkina Faso, Cameroon, and Burundi where the former advanced to the group stage of the tournament.
Rugby Cranes team to face Algeria
1. Asuman Mugerwa, 2. Faraji Odugo, 3. Brian Odongo, 4. Robert Aziku, 5. Eliphaz Emong, 6. Mark Omoding, 7. Byron Oketayot, 8. Desire Ayera.
9. Aaron Ofoywroth, 10. Ivan Magomu, 11. Maxwell Ebonga, 12. Pius Ogena, 13. Solomon Okia, 14. Daudi Ssemwami, 15.Adrian Kasito.
16. Ronald Kanyanya, 17. Santos Ssenteza, 18. Collin Kimbowa, 19. Kelvin Balagadde, 20. Joaquim Chissano, 21. Jacob Ochen, 22.Paul Epillo, 23. Ivan Claude Otema.