Rugby Cranes 7s soar to victory in Mauritius, First Lady leads congratulations

The Uganda Rugby Cranes 7s team emerged victorious in the first leg of the 2024 Rugby Africa Men’s 7s tournament in Mauritius. 

The team’s unbeaten run culminated in a 31-12 triumph over Madagascar in the final, earning them the top spot in the tournament’s first leg.

 The Cranes’ journey to the top was nothing short of impressive. On day one, they overcame Ivory Coast, Tunisia, and Burkina Faso in pool B, setting the stage for a thrilling second day. 

Despite a slow start, the team rallied to defeat Ivory Coast in extra time, courtesy of a golden try by Phillip Wokorach. This win propelled them into a semi-final clash against pre-tournament favourites South Africa, which they won 12-0.

The final match against Madagascar saw the Cranes dominate from the start, with halfback pairing Adrian Kasiito and Aaron Ofoyrwoth scoring two quick tries. Nobert Okeny and Timothy Kisiga added to the tally, securing a convincing 31-12 win.

First Lady Mama Janet Museveni, who is also the Minister of Education and Sports, was among the first to congratulate the team on their victory. 

“I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Uganda Sevens for their victory in the first round of the 2024 Rugby Africa Men’s 7s. Your passion truly shone through, and it is a joy to witness your win,” she tweeted.

 The Uganda Rugby Cranes 7s team will now enjoy a five-day break in Mauritius before the second leg of the tournament on July 6-7. 

Their impressive performance has placed them in a strong position to qualify for the 2025 World Rugby 7s Challenger Series. With Kenya and South Africa already in the World Series, the Cranes have a clear path to the top.

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