RUGBY: Uganda Lady Cranes 7s Storm Semifinals

Lady Cranes 7s in action recently

The Lady Cranes 7s defied all odds to reach the semifinals of the Rugby Afrique 7s tournament that kicked off on Saturday in Harare, order Zimbabwe.

The dream of playing at next year’s World Series that looked a dream far from reality now seems a possibility after the Ladies cranes qualified for the semifinals.

Uganda defeated Madagascar 12-10 and also overcame Tunisia 17-12 to book a slot in the final four despite losing the third game of the day to Kenya.

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In the first game, case the Lady Cranes came back from a 10-00 halftime deficit to edge past Madagascar 12-10 with Grace Auma and Charlotte Thereza Mudoola each getting a try while Samiya Ayikoru made one conversion.

Youngster Auma continued her brilliant performance in the second game against Tunisia, clinic helping Uganda to once again stage a comeback.

The North African side led 07-05 at halftime before Uganda came back recharged after recess to win 17-12.

Auma had two tries while skipper Emmanuel Orumo added the other with Ayikoru stepping up once again to make the conversion.

However, Uganda lost to rivals Kenya 36-05 in the third game but that did not stop the Lady cranes from advancing to the semifinals.

Auma got the lone try against Kenya.

Uganda will face pre-tournament overwhelming favourites South Africa on Sunday with the two finalists qualifying for the HSBC World Series in Dubai next year.


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