By Dorothy Nekesa.
Focus for Rugby Cranes now shifts to Victoria Cup slated for this weekend Saturday 30th July, 2022 at Legends Sports Club. Fresh from the Rugby Africa Cup that served as a World Cup qualifier held in France, Uganda will be hosting the Zimbabwe Sables for the inaugural Victoria cup.
The Cranes last locked horns with Zimbabwe in the 2019 Rugby Africa Cup losing home (26-31) at Legends in Kampala and away (26-32) in Harare. Although both teams took part in the France Summit, Zimbabwe finished 4th ahead of fifth placed Rugby Cranes which still leaves the visitors as favorites to dominate the tie.
At the tournament Press conference today morning, Rugby Cranes Skipper Ivan Magomu revealed that his underdog side is set to amend ends from errors that cost them in France. He promised an excellent display infront of the crowd using all the experience attained in France.
“We had great experience in France compared to the scanty preparations we had before the event and I believe we played very well despite the results. We have since improved in World Rankings because we are now 44th and before then we were 52nd,” Magomu emphasized.
“Playing before our very supportive home crowd has time and again been a key motivator for us, something we have not done in three years. We are very hyped and look forward to a home explosion victory.
At the Press brief Nile Breweries Limited through the Nile Special beer brand the title sponsors of Uganda Rugby promised a great game Ambience filled with fun festivities. Speaking on behalf of NBL, John Paul Ssemakula the Connections Manager said it was a good idea for Uganda Rugby Union to engage Zimbabwe for the Victoria Cup encounter after Kenya opted out of the Elgon Cup, an event whose first leg was initially slated for this weekend in Kampala.
With Zimbabwe opting not to have this tie for ranking, the return leg of the Victoria Cup hasn’t been confirmed yet but it will possibly happen as both Uganda and Zimbabwe prefer to keep their XVs sides engaged.
In photo: Rugby Cranes Team manager Eric Butime, NBL’s John Paul Semakula, Cranes Skipper Ivan Magomu, URU Secretary Peter Odong, Fanzone representative Robert kamahoro and Local organising committee chairman Phillip Kiboijana.