Rugby Cranes 7s aim to improve their performance in the second tournament of the Solidarity camp in South Africa.

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By Ali Mutanje

Rugby Cranes take part in the second tournament of the Solidarity Rugby Camp in South Africa today 14th May 2021 in preparation for Olympics qualifications in Monaco, France next month. 

They are in Stellenbosch competing with Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa 1 team, South Africa 2 team and South Africa academy. 

The team is benefiting from grueling sessions and team bonding as they face top teams such as South Africa and Kenya who have already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. 

The first tournament was played last weekend with game one played on 8th May 2021. 

Match day 1: 8/05/21

Uganda lost the match 1 to South Africa 1 26-07. 

They faced off with South Africa 2 team in their second game which was match 5 over all and narrowly lost 19-12. 

The East Africans convincingly beat Zimbabwe 36:10 in the last game of the day for Uganda which was match 8 of the whole tournament. 

Match day 2: 9/05/21

In a repeat of the last match of game day 1, Uganda got their second win of the tournament by beating Zimbabwe for the second time. Half time score 17-00 and Full time score 22-12. 

Kenya showed strong intent with a comprehensive win over Uganda to win 24-07.

They were then whipped by their East African neighbors Kenya 24-7 and lost the last game of the day 26-7 to South Africa 2 team. This was a position ¾ play off which was to determine who finished above Zimbabwe. Uganda finished fourth overall for the first tournament only better than Zimbabwe who lost all their games in a cumulative point count. 

Tournament 2: Match Day 1:  

Uganda 7s team will be back in action this weekend for the second tournament in scheduled games against South Africa 2, South Africa 1 and lastly against Zimbabwe. 

A strong performance from the Blitzboks saw them beat Rugby Cranes 28-17 on Friday morning. 

The Uganda try was made by Tim Kisiga and converted by Joseph Aredo. 

It was a disappointing display by the Rugby Cranes against a strong South Africa 1 team where they managed one try by Ian Munyani in a 5:38 losing effort. 

Next up is Zimbabwe before game 2 kicks off on Saturday 15th May 2021. 

Team is expected to travel back on 16th as they prepare for the Olympics qualifiers in June. 

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