Tuesday May 13 2014

Coach Magona’s ruggers defiant despite unconvincing display


KAMPALA- They might have white washed Victoria in a trial game but the Rugby Cranes were far from their best on Saturday in their 52-12 win at Kyadondo Rugby Football Club (KYRFC).

Majority of the fans that turned up at KYRFC expected more from the national 15s side that has been in camp for two months but were left mulling over the spineless shift.

The final score didn’t really depict what was happening on the turf yet coach Peter Magona’s Cranes are only 30 days away from competing in the CAR Tier 1B Challenge in Tunisia. The Rugby Cranes struggled with ball handing at the kickoffs and restarts.

The forwards, too, struggled to bring down the high-ball on numerous occasions. But Cranes’ centre Michael Wokorach, who is one of the longest serving members in the side, says the team played well considering the fact that it was the first time they were playing together in a long time.

“Our next trial game (against Rwenzori franchise on Saturday) will even be much better than this as the team chemistry will have matured” said Wokorach.

Justin Kimono, Jonathan Bishop Onen, Marvin Odong, John Wandicho, Oscar Kalyango and Wokorach were among Cranes’ try scorers while Victoria got all their points from Stallon Arinaitwe’s boot.