Men's Rugby 7s ease past Zimbabwe in Africa Games opener

Men's Rugby 7s ease past Zimbabwe in Africa Games opener
Philip Wokorach feints an opponent during the win today

The Uganda men’s Rugby Sevens team started their campaign at the 13th African Games in Accra, Ghana with a convincing victory over Zimbabwe.

Uganda secured a 14-0 win in the opening game, thanks to tries from Adrian Kasito and Philip Wokorach, with the latter also adding a conversion and Timothy Kisiga contributing to the score line.

While Uganda started off a bit slow in the first half, they rallied in the second half to clinch the win.

Coach Tolbert Onyango reflected on the challenging nature of the first game.

Adrian Kasito touches down for Uganda

“Normally the first game of the tournament is difficult, trying to get off the blocks," he said.

"We started a bit slow in the first half, but then we got it together in the second half. We take the win as a good start, and now onto Tunisia after some recovery.”

Isaac Masangazira, aka "Minister of Defence", echoed Onyango's sentiments, emphasising the importance of starting with a tough opponent like Zimbabwe.

Philip Wokorach stroked the white line to register his name on the scoresheet

He said: “The first games are never easy; it’s not a walk in the park. But we kept pushing until the 14th minute and got the win. We started a bit slow but picked up later in the game.”

Masangazira highlighted the significance of facing Zimbabwe early in the tournament, stating, “Starting with such an opponent gives us momentum for the next games. It was a perfect start for us today.”

Uganda will now shift their focus to their next match against Tunisia, the last game of the day. Looking ahead, they prepare for day two where they will face Burkina Faso and hosts Ghana in the 13th African Games.

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